20 Pretty Purple Plants (Including Pictures)

If you’re looking for plants that fit a certain color scheme or aesthetic, and you need some purple ones to match your specifications, stick around. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful and popular purple plants, all of them varying shades of purple. 

20 Pretty Purple Plants (Including Pictures)

These flowers are great for adding an elegant and romantic touch to any arrangement, and the purple can be visually striking when paired with colors that properly contrast it. 

So without further ado, here are some of our favorites: 

Alliums

Alliums

Alliums are perfect flowers if you want a striking explosion of purple color within your garden or flower arrangement. Appearance-wise, they grow in round bushes, spurting outward, so they basically look like balls made out of small purple flowers. They are also great for attracting all sorts of pollinating insects to your garden, and they are so visually appealing that they look great around borders. 

Buddleia

Buddleia

Buddleia flowers are deciduous shrubs that bloom in masses of panicles, in a deep rich purple color. They look beautiful in gardens and always stand out, plus they are great for attracting pollinators. In fact, buddleias are one of the best plants if you want to attract butterflies, so you can potentially turn your garden into an absolute fairyland with them!

Catmint

Catmint

If you love purple flowers and you also love cats, you’re going to want some catmint in your garden. These plants are perennial, with a fresh and appealing scent, and they’re also rich in nectar during the summer (which attracts pollinators to keep your garden healthy!) You can get different types of catmint too, from small bushy species to taller varieties, depending on what you prefer! All these flowers need is direct sunlight and well-drained soil, so they’re perfect for being potted. Oh, and we mentioned cats because the scent of catmint makes cats go crazy, so they will all be fighting to stay in your garden! 

Clematis

Clematis

The Clematis, which is a distinct-looking star-shaped flower, comes in many different varieties and subspecies, so it ranges from a pale mauve to pretty delicate lilacs, and deep rich purples. Meaning, you can choose the type of Clematis that you like the most, and plant it in your garden! Different varieties bloom at different times of the year too, so keep that in mind! (You could even plant a few different Clematis flowers and watch your garden go through different purples throughout the season, just an idea!) 

Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke

The Globe artichoke, officially known as the Cynara cardunculus, is a perennial flower that blooms during the summer season. It looks a bit like the iconic thistle, with fat thistle buds on the flower stems and a large purple thistle flower at the top. They are often grown because the flower heads are edible when immature, but they are also great for attracting bees, and simply for decorating your garden! 

Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

The Globe Thistle, officially known as the Echinops spp, is a unique-looking flower that is very easy to identify, as it looks like a round spiky ball. They bloom in a beautiful purple color that is almost a metallic blue, and they look especially good to limit the borders of a garden or wild area. They also look great in bouquet arrangements, since they’re so distinct!

Hardy Geraniums

Hardy Geraniums

Hardy geraniums, also sometimes called the Cranesbill, are perennial saucer-shaped flowers that bloom in shades of purple, pink, and blue. They are super easy to grow, and they can thrive even when in the shade. Plus, they stay in bloom for months on end, so they keep your garden looking beautiful for a long time. Not to mention that they are great for attracting bees and other pollinators too! 

Honeywort

Honeywort

The Honeywort flower, officially known as the Cerinthe major purpurascens, is a great plant for those that want something hardy and easy to grow, that will give the garden a vibrant touch of purple. They feature blue-green leaves, silvery in their tone, and bell-shaped flowers that are a rich deep purple. They attract plenty of bees, and they reproduce without you having to worry about them, so once you plant them they will keep on enduring! 

Lavender

Lavender

We can’t really talk about purple flowers without mentioning Lavender, as it is by far one of the most well-known purple flowers out there, partly due to its name literally being a shade of purple. They are incredibly easy to grow and look good in almost any setting, plus they have a strong rich scent that attracts pollinators. They look good by themselves, and even better when surrounded by other vibrant flowers, and overall, they’re a favorite of many people! Oh, and fun fact, the name of the color Lavender comes from the flower and not the other way around, so it’s not that the flower is named after the color, the flower legit embodies the concept of the color itself!

Lungwort

Lungwort

The Lungwort, officially known as the Pulmonaria, receives its name from the mottled leaves since they kinda look like lungs! The flowers are funnel-shaped, and they attract all sorts of pollinators, especially the hairy-footed flower bee! They bloom in shades of violet, blue, pink, purple, red, and white, and they look absolutely beautiful in gardens. 

Mountain Cornflower

Mountain Cornflower

The Mountain Cornflower, officially known as the Cenaurea montana, is native to continental Europe and it can be found in meadows and woodlands within mountain regions. It looks delicate and unique, with green lance-shaped leaves, and a large blooming flower that is violet or deep blue in color. They bloom early during the summer, and they are an absolute favorite of bees!

Perennial Wallflower

Perennial Wallflower

There are many different types of Perennial wallflowers, with one of the most popular being the Bowles’s Mauve (officially known as the Erysimum). These are woody-stemmed perennials, and they grow in masses all over the tall spires. They also flower all throughout the year, so it’s a great way of ensuring that there’s a constant touch of purple in your garden!

Russian Sage

Russian Sage

The Russian Sage, officially known as the Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a flower that blooms during the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It produces small flowers on branching stems, which are light purple in color and with a sweet strong scent. They look especially good in wilder sections of the garden.  

Salvias

Salvias

The Salvias flower is a great addition to any garden for those that love the color purple, and they work extremely well with other flowers of vibrant colors. They grow upward, blooming with leaf-like petals that are a beautiful intense dark purple. They’re pretty easy to maintain too, and they are said to symbolize both friendship and healing. 

Sea Holly

Sea Holly

The Sea holly, officially known as the Eryngiums, is a unique-looking thistle-like flower, which is visually striking and a beautiful purple. It is essentially lots of tiny purple flowers grouped together and surrounded by some spiny bracts. It looks especially great in gravel gardens and thrives in sunny regions. 

Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket

Sweet rocket, officially known as the Hesperis matrionalis, is a beautiful wildflower that looks good in almost any garden, especially when there’s a bit of a breeze and they move and drift in the air! It is a biennial plant, and it gives off an enticing subtle scent. Appearance-wise, these flowers grow and bloom up the length of the plant’s stems, small in size, and white or purple in color. 

Teasel

Teasel

Teasel, officially known as the Dipsacus Fullonum, is a flower native to the United Kingdom. It is a biennial plant, and it’s super easy to grow. In fact, a lot of people let them grow in their garden, and they look especially good in untidy and wild sections. These flowers also attract bees and butterflies, which can be super healthy for your garden, and during the winter they attract Goldfinch birds (as they love to eat the seeds!) Appearance-wise, these flowers have tall spikes of bushy heads with very light purple blooms. 

Trailing Bellflower

Trailing Bellflower

The Trailing bellflower, officially known as the Campanula portenschlagiana, is a beautiful flower that grows as a thick mat of ivy-like leaves, with small purple bells that bloom during the summer season. This flower is incredibly hardy, and once planted, it will persist and keep on growing, so you do not have to worry about taking care of it. It looks especially good near walls too, as it is originally an alpine plant! 

Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis

The Verbena Bonariensis is a beautiful and delicate-looking purple flower that grows in bush groups of tiny blooms, at the end of each stem. It is perennial and pretty tall, so it always stands out from the grass around it and from other surrounding flowers, so the purple will definitely be visible. It also attracts a good variety of pollinators, so it can keep your garden both pretty and full of a healthy life! 

Wisteria

Wisteria

The Wisteria is a highly popular flower, most often found in people’s front gardens, or up against garden walls. The Japanese and the Chinese Wisteria species are the most popular, but the Japanese one tends to look prettier, as it has longer blooms that show off the purple a bit better. 

Final Thoughts

These are just some of our favorite purple plants, and trust us when we say that there are plenty more for you to discover and fall in love with! As you can see, there are purple plants of all sorts that come in varying shades of the color, so there’s more than enough to choose from! 

Morgan Daniels

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