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20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

As any avid horticulturist will know, Mexico is the home of some of the world’s most gorgeous and biologically interesting flowers.

Part of the reason for this agricultural brilliance is the diversity within the country’s own eco-system.

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

For example, you can find flowers growing in a Mexican desert just as easily as you can find some growing in a Mexican rainforest.

The biodiversity in this part of the world really is staggering!

Here’s our list of some of the most beautiful Mexican flowers that might get you thinking about planting something new in your garden.

Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Boasting a gorgeous red and green foliage color, pineapple sage is one of Mexico’s most famous flowers.

The unique pineapple-like fragrance of this flower is what drives many gardeners to go out and source some of their seeds.

Pineapple sage will really add a burst of color to your flower patch during the summer months but be careful to look after them closely during colder parts of the year.

Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia Spicigera)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

As the name suggests, this is another fruity-scented Mexican flower that has some gorgeously bright foliage.

You can expect to see bright orange shoots appearing then this plant flowers and wide, bushy leaves all the way up its stalk.

You’ll definitely get plenty of bees and other wildlife visiting your flower patch with these around!

Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Perhaps one of the most extravagant flowers hailing from Mexico, the Passion Flower boasts some wild color combinations.

You can find these flowers blooming in yellow and purple combinations or red and green.

This flower also has some religious significance, as it is meant to symbolize the death of Christ.

Regardless of your belief in symbolism, you can’t ignore the stunning foliage that comes with this gorgeous plant.

Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos Astrosanguineus)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

For a plant with such a unique and interesting name, you’d expect to find a flower with some wild and extravagant petals.

Well, the Chocolate Cosmos flower isn’t huge or bold in its variety of colors but it is undoubtedly beautiful thanks to its rich, velvety brown petals.

The flower is also said to emit a cocoa-like scent, potentially adding some extra depth of fragrance to your flower patch.

Mexican Poppy (Argemone Ochroleuca)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

This flower is widely regarded for its medicinal properties as it was often used as a treatment for chest pains and asthma.

However, it also makes a wonderful addition to any garden, sporting bright yellow and white flowers.

Just beware of the prickly thorns that adorn the stalk of the sometimes called ‘Mexican Prickly Poppy’!

Yucca Flower (Yucca Baccata)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

This is certainly a unique style of flower that is sure to stand out among the others in a typical home garden.

The banana-shaped flowers come together in the center of the plant in one magnificent cluster with bursts of white and red.

Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea Hederacea)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Despite the slight innuendo in the English name for this plant, the word ‘glory’ couldn’t be any more appropriate.

You won’t find many other flowers with petals as vividly bright and blue as with this plant.

With age, you can expect the petals to change to a more pink color, taking the plant through a beautiful spectrum over its lifespan.

Sword Lily (Gladiolus)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

This unusually named flower gets its name from the unique shape of its leaves, which look just like swords rising up from the earth.

These leaves are accompanied by vividly colored petals that range from yellow to pink to red, all in a matter of months!

Dahlia (Dahlia Pinnata)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

This is the national flower of Mexico and it really couldn’t be a better representation of the natural beauty of the nation’s environment.

The petals will often bloom in a variety of two different tones, ranging from blue to purple to white.

Whatever color they appear in, you’ll be blown away by the amazing natural symmetry displayed by the flower when it’s in full bloom.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

The magnificent yellow-orange appearance of this flower’s petals beautifully complements the summer and early autumn period in which it will bloom.

It’s also known for being a wonderful attraction of butterflies and will work wonders to pollinate your entire flower patch.

Belize Sage (Salvia Pansamalensis)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

This is another flower with wonderfully tubular petals. These petals not only cast a striking shape through the green leaves around them but also cast a bright red glow over the whole of a flower patch.

It’s also one of the few plants on our list that will grow just as well in a container as it will in the ground, making it one of the best low-maintenance Mexican flowers around!

Birds Of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Yet another incredibly striking plant, the Birds Of Paradise really does appear almost like a brightly colored bird is resting on it.

The sharp, pointed leaves and petals are stained with vivid yellow, blue, green, and red hues which combine into a glorious spectrum of color.

As well as being beautiful, this plant is also rather sizeable. In fact, it will often grow up to 6 feet high and spread around 4 feet in width!

Gentian Sage (Salvia Patens)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Another of Mexico’s magnificent blue flowers, the Gentian Sage is rather muted and subdued in its appearance, only producing a small flower.

However, despite its size, this plant works extremely well at attracting great pollinating insects like butterflies to your garden.

Mexican Frangipani (Plumeria Rubra)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

A plant that gives off such a pleasant aroma and beautiful flower can’t be overlooked for this list.

The Mexican Frangipani produces a dazzling white flower with yellow tinges emerging from the center.

You’ll find these flowers growing all over Mexico, making the whole country appear that much more charming.

Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima)

This is yet another plant with a religious significance, supposedly symbolizing the star of Bethlehem that guided the wise men to Christ.

For that reason, this flower is often associated with Christmas in Mexico, making the whole celebration that much brighter and more colorful.

Indeed, the gorgeous red foliage adorns a charmingly tiny blossom at the center of the plant, making for an array of different colors.

Mexican Marigold (Tagetes Erecta)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

The Mexican holiday known as Day of the Dead (‘dia de Los Muertos’ in Spanish) is famously attributed to this particular Mexican flower.

The very bright yellow petals create a fluffy, bushy appearance that brightens up any flower garden.

Traditionally, the flower is associated also with grief and is typically seen at Mexican funerals. However, the vivid colors of the flower bring plenty of positivity and optimism to what would otherwise be a morbid occasion.

Laelia Orchid (Laelia)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Indigenous to many areas of Central and South America the Laelia is best known as a Mexican flower.

It boasts gorgeous pink petals that, in full bloom, will often turn a deep shade of purple that makes it stand out in any flower patch or even as an indoor decoration.

They are also well-known for blooming all year round and are able to grow in the toughest of conditions, including on rocks or trees.

Mexican Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium)

The unique and interesting name of this flower is matched by its delightfully different aesthetic appeal.

The petals do somewhat appear like a lady’s slipper, providing a charming story to tell if someone asks you the name of the flower.

Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida Columnifera)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

Another plant with a clothing-themed name, the Mexican Hat Flower has a very striking structure and color combination.

The center of the flower protrudes greatly from the rest of the petals and the rest of the plant, making it stand out greatly among others.

You’ll also find the deep brown, red, and yellow colors very aesthetically pleasing when combined in a fully-bloomed flower of this plant.

Mexican Cacti (Opuntia Ficus-Indica)

20 Magnificent Mexican Flowers (With Pictures)

The Mexican desert landscape is pretty famous for its cacti, with its strikingly prickly exterior protecting some gorgeously vivid flowers.

Thanks to its natural environment, this plant is fairly easy to look after, as it is able to survive the most desolate of conditions in the wild.

You can expect the flowers to bloom into a variety of different colors, ranging from red to white to yellow.

Part of the fun of growing these cacti is seeing what kind of pretty color combinations will emerge from your hard work.

Final Thoughts

As you can tell, Mexico is undoubtedly the home of some of the world’s most spectacular flowers and foliage.

In fact, even if the flowers themselves are somewhat dull and muted in color or appearance, in many cases the foliage will make up for this with some wild and extravagant colors and structures.

These plants can make a fantastic addition to anybody’s garden if incorporated properly but make sure you research how to properly care for them.

Some of the flowers on this list will require some special attention and care to ensure they grow properly and healthily.

However, once you get it right, you’ll be left with a flower patch that will make anybody smile!

Morgan Daniels