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July 3, 2019

26 Types of Pink Flowers: Tips + Pictures

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If you’re looking for flowers with a gorgeous hue and lively feeling, try various pink flowers. Pink flowers are a great addition to bouquets, table arrangements, wedding decor and other floral arrangements. The color pink oozes cheer, affection, playfulness and is a universal color of love, making it perfect for weddings and other celebratory events.

In this list, we’ve included over 26 different types of flowers to help you find your favorite pink bloom and inspire your next floral arrangement. Also included are the blooms’ meanings, sun requirements, soil needs, preferable zone and the season they bloom in.

1. Azalea (Rhododendron)

image of pink Azalea (Rhododendron)

Azalea flowers come in a vibrant pink shade that symbolizes femininity. They grow in a shrub-like shape and are often used to create a curtain of privacy. Although they bloom mostly in spring and summer, some varieties bloom as early as February.  

  • Symbolizes: Femininity 

  • Sun: Partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained 

  • Zone: 3–9

  • Bloom in: Spring through summer

2. Begonias (Begonia)

image of pink Begonias (Begonia)

These fun blooms come in 1,800 unique species under three main categories: semperflorens (most common), tuberous and perennials (uncommon). Tuberous begonias resemble roses and also have edible leaves, stems and flowers.

  • Symbolizes: Being cautious

  • Sun: Partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, indoors

  • Zone: 9–11

  • Bloom in: Spring through fall

3. Butterfly Bush Pink Delight (Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’)

image of pink Butterfly Bush Pink Delight (Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’)

This voluptuous bloom got its name from its ability to attract butterflies like a magnet. They are very easy to care for and grow quickly into medium- to large-sized bushes covered with small pink flowers. Although the lavender and purple hues are most common, the butterfly bush is stunning in pink. 

  • Symbolizes: Rebirth and new beginnings

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained 

  • Zone: 8+

  • Bloom in: Mid-summer through fall

4. Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

image of pink Calla Lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

Calla lilies are perennial and despite their name, they are not actually lilies. Calla is a genus of 28 species that hail from Africa. They usually grow one to three feet tall and can be easily spotted by their signature bloom and stamen.

  • Symbolizes: Innocence and beauty

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, loose 

  • Zone: 8–10

  • Bloom in: Late spring through summer

5. Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

image of pink Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

Pinks and pinkish purples are the carnation’s natural color — but thanks to selective breeding and genetic engineering, carnations occur in many colors including purple, red, white, orange, green and blue. These playful flowers are also edible and are frequently used as garnishes.  

  • Symbolizes: Gratitude and being unforgettable

  • Sun: Partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, fertilized 

  • Zone: 3–10

  • Bloom in: Late spring through summer

6. Cherry Blossom (Prunus)

image of pink Cherry Blossom (Prunus)

These famous Japanese blooms were first brought over to the United States in 1912 as a representation of good foreign relations. When cherry blossom trees bloom (usually in April), the branches fill out with dazzling pink flowers that have a sweet scent.  

  • Symbolizes: Beauty of life and spring

  • Sun: Full sun to shade

  • Soil: Well-drained, sandy

  • Zone: 5–8

  • Bloom in: Spring

7. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)

image of pink Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)

Because of their ability to bloom in autumn and occasionally in early winter, chrysanthemums are a favorite for fall and winter events. They originated in China and come in over 40 different species. Some say they also have medical properties that can help relieve pain, sore throats and help with indigestion.

  • Symbolizes: Happiness and love

  • Sun: Full to partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, sandy

  • Zone: 5–9 

  • Bloom in: Late summer through fall

8. Dahlia (Dahlia)

image of pink Dahlia (Dahlia)

Dahlias come in 42 different species that originate in Mexico. They are part of the Asteraceae family and are related to the aforementioned chrysanthemums. They are known for their gorgeous petal structure — some varieties have unique curved up petals. 

  • Symbolizes: Grace and kindness

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, rich

  • Zone: 2–10

  • Bloom in: Late spring to early fall

9. Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

image of pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

These pink floral beauties embody the tropical lushness of their native Pacific Rim. They feature a unique protruding stamen and a scent that has become a favorite in fragrances and a beloved flavor in drink and food recipes.    

  • Symbolizes: Beauty and femininity

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained, moist

  • Zone: 5–9+

  • Bloom in: Summer

10. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

image of pink Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

The charming hollyhock flowers grow on long stalks that make for a picture-perfect home facade. They can grow beautifully along a trellis or on their own in a garden setting. They are great for privacy if planted along a fenceline.   

  • Symbolizes: Fruitfulness and motherly love

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 3–8

  • Bloom in: Summer

11. Hyacinth (Hyacinthus)

image of pink Hyacinth (Hyacinthus)

Hyacinths come from the Mediterranean region and had their heyday during the Victorian Era. In order for a spring bloom, hyacinth bulbs need to be planted in the fall. The results of that early planning are well worth it but note the bulbs are poisonous and should be handled with gloves. 

  • Symbolizes: Playfulness

  • Sun: Partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 4–9

  • Bloom in: Early to mid-spring

12. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

image of pink Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

There are over 70 different types of hydrangeas, they can be recognized for their lush sets of flowers (like mini bouquets) that grow out from green leafed bushes. To go along with the “hydra” in its name, these wedding bouquet favorites require a good deal of water if you want to grow them. 

  • Symbolizes: True feelings

  • Sun: Full sun to partial shade

  • Soil: Sandy, with peat moss

  • Zone: 3–10

  • Bloom in: Mid-spring through summer

13. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

image of pink Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

Lotus flowers are sacred to Buddhists and represent enlightenment as the lotus flower can bloom beautifully above murky or muddy water. They are often seen floating through gorgeous ponds but they can be planted in a container of pea gravel and water.  

  • Symbolizes: Enlightenment and resilience 

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Gravel and water

  • Zone: 4–12

  • Bloom in: Summer

14. Meadowsweet (Filipendula rubra)

image of pink Meadowsweet (Filipendula Rubra)

These gorgeous pink flowers bloom in delicate clusters that sit on long stems, which can grow to three to seven feet tall. Their great height and whimsical feel makes them perfect event decor. Some people use meadowsweets medicinally to treat colds and digestive issues.  

  • Symbolizes: Courtship

  • Sun: Partial Sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 3–8

  • Bloom in: Summer to early fall

15. Orchid (Orchidacea)

image of pink Orchid (Orchidacea)

With 25,000–30,000 different species, orchids are one of the most popular flowering plants. They are exotic and beautiful flowers but are also notoriously difficult to take care of — with some extra love and a solid understanding of orchid care, you can grow your own!   

  • Symbolizes: Luxury and beauty

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 2–11

  • Bloom in: Spring and fall

16. Peony (Paeonia)

image of pink Peony (Paeonia)

Peonies have captivated people for centuries and are native to Asia, North America and Southern Europe. The peony plant can live for more than 100 years and still produce large, fragrant pink flowers. Peonies are another favorite for wedding bouquets and decor.  

  • Symbolizes: Good fortune and honor

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Loamy

  • Zone: 3–9

  • Bloom in: Late spring to early summer

17. Petunia (Petunia)

image of pink Petunia (Petunia)

Petunias hail from South America and come in a wide variety of colors and pretty patterns caused by the contrasting flower veins, but pink is the most common. They grow well in planters and are short enough to be nice ground cover as well.  

  • Symbolizes: Longing or anger

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Fast-draining

  • Zone: All

  • Bloom in: Summer to mid-fall

18. Primrose (Oenothera)

image of pink Primrose (Oenothera)

These dainty little blooms are sometimes known as “pink ladies” and can be spotted by their pastel or deep pink petals that fade into a lighter inner circle with a yellow stamen. They are low maintenance and come in a variety of non-pink options like blue, yellow, white and purple.

  • Symbolizes: Young love and attachment

  • Sun: Partial shade

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 2–8

  • Bloom in: Early spring to summer

19. Rocktrumpet (Mandevilla)

image of pink Rocktrumpet (Mandevilla)

Mandevilla flowers give off a lovely tropical vibe are great for growing on trellises, fences and building facades. They do best in warmer climates but can be brought inside during the winter if you live in a colder area. If you’re looking for a shorter variety, Mandevilla Sanderi grows anywhere from two to seven feet tall, as opposed to others that can grow past 15 feet. 

  • Symbolizes: Whimsy

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 9–11

  • Bloom in: Summer to early fall

20. Rose (Rosa)

image of pink Rose (Rosa)

Each rose color means something different, but in general, roses are a classic representation of beauty and love, making them a top pick for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Pink roses represent admiration, blossoming love and affection. If you want to grow roses, they bloom on and off from mid-spring to fall and require pruning to keep them at their best.    

  • Symbolizes: Appreciation and admiration 

  • Sun: Full to partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 7+

  • Bloom in: Mid-spring to fall

21. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

image of pink Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Snapdragons got their common name because of the way their blooms resemble the open mouth and snout of a dragon. They grow in clusters at the top of the stem creating a thick cluster of pink blooms that really pop against the green foliage. Contrary to most flowers on this list, snapdragons prefer to bloom during cooler months and take time off during the warmer months.

  • Symbolizes: Grace and protection

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 7–10

  • Bloom in: Fall through spring

22. Spider Lily (Lycoris)

image of pink Spider Lily (Lycoris)

These stunning pink flowers also come in white and deep red. They got their name from their long spindly stamen that resemble the legs of a spider. They grow on long stems that bear no foliage, just the unique bloom at the end. They are toxic to animals, so make sure to keep them out of reach.

  • Symbolizes: Afterlife 

  • Sun: Partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 4–11

  • Bloom in: Late summer to fall

23. Stargazer (Lilium orientalis ‘Stargazer‘)

image of pink Stargazer (Lilium orientalis 'Stargazer')

Stargazer lilies have vibrant pink petals with spots and long stamen that emit a super sweet scent. The stargazer lily’s bright pink petals and markings make it a mainstay in many types of bouquets and arrangements. Though elegant and beautiful, it can be poisonous to cats and small children so be cautious of where you keep them if you have furry friends or little ones running around.   

  • Symbolizes: Ambition and wealth

  • Sun: Full to partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 4–9

  • Bloom in: Summer

24. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

image of pink Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

These small pink flowers are known for their sweet scent that is frequently found in fragrances, lotions and soaps. The delicate fragrance matches their dainty pink blooms that top off thin stems and small leaves. Though they’re small, they make a big impact in gardens and wedding bouquets due to their sizable scent.

  • Symbolizes: Jubilance 

  • Sun: Full to partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained and moist

  • Zone: All

  • Bloom in: Summer

25. Tulips (Tulipa)

image of pink Tulips (Tulipa)

Tulips are a beautiful representation of true love and nurturing. They bloom from late-March to mid-May, making them great for Mother’s Day and other spring celebrations like Easter. In Holland, pink and other colored tulips fill the ground in a breath-taking phenomena that attracts visitors from all over the world. 

  • Symbolizes: Caring and endearment

  • Sun: Full to partial sun

  • Soil: Well-drained

  • Zone: 4–10

  • Bloom in: Spring

26. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

image of pink Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

These pink flowers come in a variety of forms — zinnias can have single, double or semi-double rows of petals that give them a voluptuous clustered look. They grow naturally in the Southern United States through South America with a large concentration in central Mexico. This makes them very drought, heat and humidity resistant.  

  • Symbolizes: Friendship and longevity

  • Sun: Full sun

  • Soil: Sandy, loamy

  • Zone: 3–10

  • Bloom in: Summer

We hope you were able to find some new favorite pink blooms or maybe some new information about your tried and true go-to’s. Pink flowers pop in gorgeous bouquets that are perfect for showing appreciation and affection. Pink flowers also pair really well with white flowers or red flowers with a pop of green, blue or purple for contrast. What are your favorite bouquet color combos? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sources: Almanac | Flower Meanings | FlowerWeb | SF Gate | USDA | 

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