24 Lovely Flowers That Start With S (With Pictures)

If you’ve got flowers in mind that start with the letter S, but cannot remember the name, or if you’re simply looking to discover new flowers beginning with the letter S, then you’ve come to the right place!

Considering there are well over 400,000 types of plant species in the world, with 437 different plant families, brushing up on your understanding of every single existing flower can be an extremely tiresome process. And relatively impossible, too, unless you’re planning to make a career out of your knowledge!

But, because there are far too many flowers to cover in just one article, we’re going to be covering those beginning with an S so that you don’t feel as overwhelmed. Aside from this, you’ll also be given the opportunity to take in some new and exciting information about plants you may not have heard of before.

Whatever the reason for your interest, this article has got you covered. Each flower also comes with an informative yet brief description to help guide you through.

1. Saffron

A perennial plant native to Southwest Asia, Saffron is a spiced derived from the saffron crocus, Crocus Sativus, and originates in the Iris family Iridaceae. These purple autumn-blooming plants can bear up to five flowers, all of which have three crimson stigmas. These are collected and dried to make a great tasting (yet very expensive) food seasoning!

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2. Salvia Splendens (Scarlet Sage)

Native to Brazil, this “saucy red” tender perennial belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is sought after by gardeners thanks to its brilliant, attention-capturing scarlet flower spikes. Blooming from mid-spring into the fall, these flowers grow to around 2-3 ft. tall and thrive in full sun to partial shade, so long as the ground is moist!

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3. Saponaria (Soapwort)

This 3 ft. tall flower is native to Eurasia and is cultivated for its attractive flowers. These perennial herb plants hail from the family Caryophyllaceae and bear a simplistic appearance, featuring five petaled flowers that vary in color from white to pale purple and red. Its roots have also been used for medicinal purposes, and its sap is a great soap substitute! 

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4. Sand Dollar Cactus

The Sand Dollar Cactus is part of the Cactaceae family. It features a unique flower that resembles a sand dollar shell, and is typically yellow with red bases. However, it also features outer parts that are woolly in appearance. These succulents tend to flower between May and June, although this depends on the place of cultivation.

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5. Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)

Scabiosa is part of the Caprifoliaceae family and gets its “pincushion” nickname from its long, needle-like pistils. These stunning blue flowers are rich in nectar and are highly attractive to beneficial insects and butterflies. They are also low-maintenance perennial plants and are perfectly suited to any flower bed. 

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6. Scaevola (Fan Flower)

The Australian native Scaevola flower (from the family Goodeniaceae) is easy to maintain, and is ideal for hanging baskets. This is largely due to its dainty 5-petal fan-shaped (or brush-shaped) flowers that come in a gorgeous array of colors, including blue, pink, purple, or white. It is also self-cleaning, resistant to pests, and is tolerant towards heat and drought.

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7. Scarlet Buckeye

The Scarlet Buckeye shrub (from the family Sapindaceae) typically offers a set of stunning, showy bright pink and red flowers that are highly appealing to the eye. This plant is almost pest-free, although when it is in bloom, it attracts many species like butterflies and hummingbirds. However, these trees can be messy due to their height and large number of leaves.

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8. Scented Geranium

Also known as ‘Pelargonium’, Scented Geranium is an attractive plant suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. These Geraniaceae family flowers come in a variety of scents and shapes, ranging from a famous mosquito-repellent lemon to a delectable chocolate. And though they are low maintenance plants, they should be potted as soon as possible!

Photo by David Ford

9. Scilla

These irresistibly cheerful blooms from the plant family Asparagaceae are a great addition to any land. Scilla grows primarily in woodlands and around seashores, and are also quick to plant. Additionally, these bulb-forming perennials are an easy way to add a new dimension of spring beauty to your gardens and landscape. 

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10. Sea Holly

Summer-blooming and steel blue in color, the Sea Holly flower offers an unusual perennial herb that will stand out in any landscape. Sea Holly flowers are part of the Apiaceae family and feature thistle-like, silvery blue tinted flower heads, with hairless and spiny leaves. These are also very easy-to-grow and are relatively low maintenance.

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11. Sea Thrift

Sea thrift (also known as Armeria maritima) is a compact perennial flowering plant that generally grows in the wild, specifically on the European and Asian coasts of the North Sea. It hails from the Plumbaginaceae family and features flowers with a delightful color mix, going from pink to white.

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12. Sedum

A symbol of peace and tranquility, these succulent plants are a sight to behold. Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants from the Crassulaceae family that towers over any land and displays a tight mass of reddish-pink flowers. They typically also have fleshy leaves and nectar-rich flat flower heads, meaning they are adored by bees and other pollinators.

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13. Shasta Daisy

Named after Mount Shasta, Shasta Daisy flowers provide an abundant display of perky summer blooms. These Asteraceae-origin flowering plants offer the look of the traditional daisy (white petals and yellow centers) along with evergreen foliage. They are short-lived perennials, but are relatively easy to grow. 

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14. Shooting Star Flower

The aptly named Shooting Star Flower features five light violet petals with pointed tips that appear as if they are about to take off in different directions. Blooming between March and May, this perennial flower from the Primulaceae family can most commonly be found on hillsides, grasslands, and in meadows. They’re also easy to grow and attract many species.

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15. Showy Milkweed

These are a group of plants that stem from North and South America. Taken from the  Apocynaceae or “dogbane” plant family, these flowers are rose-purple in color, but will transform into a yellow shade as it ages. The flowers tend to grow in loose clusters at the top of the stems, and thrive in various conditions, ranging from moist woods to dry fields. 

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16. Shrub Rose

The Shrub Rose is a proud member of the vital Rosaceae plant family. Found in the wild and in man-made landscapes, Shrub Roses are far easier to grow and maintain than their counterpart, the classic rose. Flower color varies from a vibrant red to a pristine white, and it is also a magnet for butterflies and birds.

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17. Silene Armeria

Renowned for its colorful early summer blossoms, the Silene plant (or “Garden Catchfly” plant) is ideal for cottager gardens and borders. This perennial plant hailing from the Caryophyllaceae plant family blooms in shades of pink, magenta, white, and red. This eye-catching beauty is also pest-free, low maintenance, and drought tolerant.

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18. Silky Wormwood

Part of the Asteraceae family, Silky Wormwood is a dwarf evergreen shrub that has doubled as a medicinal aid for centuries. Native to Mexico and the Southwest United States, this plant is drought tolerant and is best grown under the full sun. In hotter weather (notably the summer months) this plant produces small yellow flowers that look as if they’re nodding.

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19. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Majus)

Snapdragon is a mid-sized plant that can reach a height of anywhere between 6 inches and 3 ft. An important part of the Plantaginaceae plant family, these stunning blooms are vibrantly colored for each season and come in most shades except blue. This beloved plant is also synonymous with old-fashioned Cottages and stunning, picturesque scenery.

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20. Snowdrop

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are winter-flowering, perennial plants that are often interpreted as the first official sign of spring. Taken from the herbaceous plants of the Amaryllidaceae family, they are known for their small, white, bell-shaped appearance. Snowdrops come in many varieties and are sought after by horticulturists everywhere.

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21. Snowflake

Snowflakes enjoy similar woodland conditions to the snowdrop, but tend to flower later in the year. Snowflakes are taller growing bulbs that belong to the Amaryllidaceae family. They also have more than one flower on every stem, and even-looking petals. Snowflakes are generally very low maintenance, only requiring moist soil to reach full growing potential.

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22. Solanum

More commonly known as the Nightshade flower, Solanum blooms in colors ranging from a crisp white to a stunning lavender to a deep, rich purple. This flowering plant from the Solanaceae family grows on vines and has been known to reach up to (and above) 20 ft. 

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23. Sunflower

A rich and vibrant yellow circular flower head stands atop a 5-10 ft high stem. A big part of the Asteraceae plant family, the shape, and size of the sunflower varies from multiple branching to single stalk. Sunflowers are easy to grow, pest resistant and heat tolerant. This is due to their place of origin – North America – where weather is far more intense.

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24. Sweet Pea

The sweet pea plant from the plant family Fabaceae features flowers in a variety of colors, including red, blue, pink, lavender, and white. They typically bloom in the spring and early summer, and make for excellent cut flowers. Its stems appear to be folded, while its flowers resemble fringed butterflies.

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This is a full list of some flowers that start with an S, complete with mini descriptions for your convenience. So whatever the reason for your interest in learning more about flowers beginning with an S, we hope that this article has been of some help to you!

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