Some of the most fascinating blooms you can find across the world begin with the letter S. From succulents like sedum to delicate blooms like the spider flower, S-flowers are all around.
If you are looking for a special flower as a gift, then explore these 17 interesting flowers that start with S you may not know.
1. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x Superbum)
With their bright white heads and stunning yellow center, shasta daisies are a beautiful addition to any garden or plant pot.
You can also sew them in your cutting garden and cut the flowers to place them in a vase. Shasta daisies last relatively long.
Plus, these pretty S-flowers don’t need a lot of maintenance and care. They also do well in warmer climates with drought.
This means that you can plant them in full or partial sunlight but they require well-draining soil.
2. Sedum (Crassulaceae Sp.)
Create your own incredible rock garden with resilient plants that seem to grow out of the rocks and pebbles.
Sedum are a popular succulent variety that is perfect for large ground cover. You can use it for rock gardens and stone walls. This succulent plant grows in clumps, so you can get a beautifully dense cover of sedum.
These varieties also come in a wide range of colors and shapes which makes them perfect for a bit of color in your backyard.
As a succulent, sedums need full sunlight and dry weather conditions.
3. Skullcap (Scutellaria Sp.)
Skullcap is a beautiful bloom that produces purple tubular flowers in small clusters. They grow on bright green stems with vibrant green leaves.
While skullcap is relatively hardy, it prefers USDA zone 6 or 7. This being said, if you have a more resilient variety, then you can also grow skullcap all year round in Northern regions.
This S-flower prefers well-draining soil with partial to full sun. It can also tolerate some drought, you need to water it frequently.
Native to North America, skullcap is also well-known as a popular herb to fight stress and anxiety.
4. Saffron (Crocus Sativus)
Saffron used to be one of the most expensive herbs in the world. The purple flowers with their yellow strings at the center even command a high price today.
This beautiful flower is part of the Crocus family. It grows up to six inches tall and produces large purple flowers.
You can grow saffron in a perennial herb garden or in a raised flower bed. With well-draining soil and plenty of direct sunlight, saffron plant bulbs thrive well.
5. Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius)
When you take a closer look at safflower you can quickly see why this plant has a name that resembles saffron.
Similar to its counterpart, safflower has thin, yellow strings that emerge out of the flower head. This makes it an excellent saffron alternative.
The large, golden flowers come out during the warm summer months. Safflower is the perfect addition to a cutting garden for your dried and fresh flower bouquets.
These hardy plants thrive well in warm and sunny locations where they get enough water from the soil.
6. Shooting Star (Dodecatheon Meadia)
Shooting star flowers have delicate, purple blooms that grow in clusters at the end of a thin, brown stem.
These lovely flowers come out in spring and go dormant during the summer. You can often find them in wildflower gardens or woodlands where the soil is moist.
Shooting start plants prefer partial to full shade with well-drained soil that is watered regularly.
7. Snowdrop (Galanthus Nivalis)
There is no doubt that snowdrops are one of the most common flowers starting with S. These graceful, white flowers come out in early spring.
You can spot them almost anywhere after long, cold winter months. They often thrive in places where you can also find other spring flowers, such as crocus and daffodils.
Snowdrops are extremely easy to grow. They just require well-draining soil and a shady spot in your backyard.
8. Sneezeweed (Helenium Autumnale)
Also known as Helenium, sneezeweed produces stunning yellow flowers from midsummer to fall. It resembles a daisy with yellow to red blooms and a thick center.
Sneezeweed is a fantastic cut flower that attracts plenty of pollinating insects into your garden, such as butterflies and bees.
Depending on the variety, sneezeweed can have shades of red, orange or yellow. These plants prefer slightly acidic soil with even moisture levels and full sunlight.
9. Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima)
Sweet alyssum plants grow clusters of white blooms that create a beautiful contrast to the deep green foliage.
These lovely flowers bloom from spring to fall in mild Northern climates which means that you can enjoy them throughout the summer season.
Sweet alyssum flowers thrive in full sunlight, although they can also handle partial shade in warmer locations.
10. Soapwort (Saponaria Sp.)
With its cheery little white or pink blossoms, soapwort can add some subtle colors to any garden. These pretty blooms flower from late spring to fall.
These plants get their name from their original use: soapwort used to be a popular soap ingredient. Today, many gardeners grow soapwort as decorative groundcover for flower beds and rock gardens.
Plus, you can also plant soapwort in containers where they vigorously grow in full sunlight. As a resilient plant, soapwort flowers can also thrive in poor soil as well as sand or rocky ground.
With its vigorous growth, soapwort can quickly become invasive, so it is a good idea to look for varieties that you grow slightly slower.
11. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus Sp.)
Sweet pea doesn’t just produce beautifully colorful flowers but it also has a fantastic, sweet fragrance that carries all around the garden.
Most sweet pea varieties grow pink to blueish flowers which thrive in spring and summer. As a vine, sweet pea requires a trellis, stone wall or some form of support.
It thrives well in fertile and well-draining soil with plenty of sunshine.
12. Speedwell (Veronica Sp.)
Speedwell comes in so many different color variations that you can choose what works best in your garden.
From white and pink to shades of blue, all speedwell plants attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and even birds.
These plants grow in dense clusters which makes them a perfect addition to rock gardens or borders where you need some extra groundcover.
Speedwell thrives best in full sun and it only requires a minimal amount of water, although this depends on the specific variety.
13. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum Sp.)
Solomon’s seal is a woodland wildflower that is ideal for shade gardens or areas in your backyard where there is little sunlight.
The small, bell-shaped flowers of this plant are usually white with green tips. They hang off the underside of arched stems which makes them a wonderful sight.
After Solomon’s seal plants are done blooming, they produce green berries that turn purple and black over time.
It requires very little maintenance once it is established in moist soil with regular fertilizer. It can even handle short periods of drought.
14. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Majus)
Snapdragon plants aren’t just beautiful to look at but they also attractive to bees and pollinating insects that enjoy the flowers’ sweet nectar.
These annuals can thrive in almost any garden, flower bed or container. Snapdragons produce large flower heads that grow individual flowers along a thick stem.
While they can withstand some cold snaps, snapdragon flowers don’t bloom in extremely hot weather. This is why it is best to bring them inside or move them into a shady spot when it gets hot.
15. Spider Flower (Cleome Hassleriana)
The spindly blossoms give the spider flower its peculiar name. Besides its fun appearance, this flower comes in a variety of colors, from purple and white to pink.
Spider flowers are a perfect way to attract butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden because these animals love the nectar from this plant.
Ideal for fences and back borders, these stunning plants can grow up to five feet. They thrive in fertile soil and full sunlight.
16. Scabiosa (Scabiosa Caucasica)
Also known as pincushion flower, scabiosa plants are native to Europe. These resilient plants grow in a variety of colors and color combinations.
With their small blooms, scabiosa grows in clusters which means that it is perfect for ground cover and plenty of color in your garden.
It takes around 100 days for the scabiosa plants to mature. Then, they produce their blooms in early spring.
Similar to many other S-plants, scabiosa flowers are perfect for drawing pollinators into your garden.
17. Silene (Silene Undulata)
Silene is a grassland plant that originated in North America. It grows delicate, little blooms in a range of color, from red and magenta to pink and white.
While silene plants are also known as catchfly plants, their sticky leaves aren’t strong enough to act as fly traps.
There are so many beautiful flowers that start with S. From delicate snowdrops and delicious sage to bright blooms like safflower, these plants can add a dash of color to your backyard.