Top 12 Most Beautiful Flowers in the World

Henry Beecher once  said, “Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into”. We couldn’t agree more! Indeed God is an artist and flowers are perhaps one of his best creations!  Flowers have a very short life but undoubtedly a very significant one. For ages, this wonderful gift of nature has been helping us express our emotions and feelings! Their beauty, fragrance and brilliant colors are enough to make a person smile. A beautiful bouquet of sweet smelling flowers can be a perfect present for any occasion, be it anniversaries, birthdays or weddings! A number of flowers are also used for making beauty products and medicines and many of these have special significance or meanings (for example, red rose is the symbol of love!).

Roses, carnations, tulips, sunflower, dahlia….and the list goes on. With so many options to choose from, selecting 12 most beautiful flowers in the world is certainly not an easy thing to do.. Here is a list of 12 most beautiful flowers in the world!

12. Passion Flower


Passion flower is a perennial vine with over 50 species and it belongs to the Passifloraceae family. This purple blue and white flower consists of ten sepals and petals and is around 10 cm wide. What I like most about passion flower is its unique form. Other than being exceptionally pretty, this exotic flower has high medicinal value.

11. Gazania


Gazania is native to South Africa where it is also known as ‘treasure flower’. The best thing about this flower is that it is available in a variety strange pattern as well as bright and brilliant colors such as shades of pink, dark red, yellow and orange.   The petals of this wonderful flower come in single colors as well as in graded shades. This hardy beauty with its daisy like flowers certainly deserves a top spot in the list of most beautiful flowers in the world!

10. Plumeria


Plumeria, which is a native to Brazil, Caribbean and Central America, comes in several varieties. It belongs to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae and is known for its mesmerizing scent and beauty. Plumeria has medium size flowers which come in a variety of vibrant colors like pink, red, yellow and more.

9. Chrysanthemum


Carolus Linnaeus, father of modern taxonomy, gave this beautiful flower its name which means ‘golden flower’ in Greek (‘chrys’ means golden and ‘anthemon’ means flower).  The flowers come in a number of forms- these can be buttons, pompous, decorative or daisy like. Although yellow is the traditional colors of chrysanthemum flowers, these can also be found in other colors including red, white and purple.

Chrysanthemum flowers are extremely significant because not only do these look beautiful, they also have a number of meanings associated to them. Chrysanthemum symbolizes optimism, long life, fidelity and joy.


8. Dahlia


Named after Anders Dahl, a botanist, this tuberous bushy perennial plant is generally found in Mexico, Colombia and Central America. Dahlia has over 30 species. One of the most amazing thing about this lovely flower is that it comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 2 in (button dahlia) to 1 feet (dinner plate dahlia) !! The flower consists of a floral head surrounded by several delicate petals.  These flowers come in various shades of orange, red, pink, purple, white and more. Dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in the year 1963.


7. Orchids


Orchids have an unbelievable amount of varieties, over 25,000 species under 800 genera ! This plant can easily adapt to its environment and so it is available almost all over the world. With its beautifully crafted petals and lively colors, orchids have are a favorite among florists and flower lovers all over the world! Did you know some orchids have 30 inch petals and can weigh about a ton?

6. Tulip


This perennial plant with showy flowers belongs to the genus of Tulipa. From Asia to Africa, tulip is one among the most cultivated flowers. Various species and hybrids of this exceptionally beautiful flower can be seen in garden as cut flowers or as potted plants. Tulips come in several colors as well as flower shape. There are over 100 known species of this incredible plant.

5. Water lilies

water lily

Lilies are remarkably gorgeous flowers which come with a floating mat of foliage (lily pads). The bloom lasts for around 3 days and then it is replaced. Water lilies come in varied colors and are often fragrant. Basically, there are 3 kinds of water lilies- Nymphaeaceae or the common water lily, Nelumbo or Lotus and Nuphar Lutea , the yellow water lily.

Nelumbo Lutea and Nelumbo Nucifera are the two known species of Nelumbo. Other than being the national flower of Vietnam and India, N. Nucifera is considered sacred by the followers of Buddhism and Hinduism. Nuphar lutea belongs to temperate region of Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa. Nymphaeaceae consists of over 70 species

4. Magnolia


Few things are as beautiful as a magnolia tree in full bloom! Named after Pierre Mangol, a popular botanist, Mongolia boasts of over 200 species.  The magnolia flowers come in pink, purple or white and the size can be anywhere between 3 to 12 inch in diameter. This flower is a symbol of beauty, sweetness and femininity. Genus of magnolia can be found in West Indies, southeast as well as east Asia, central America, North America among other places.


3. Calla Lily

calla lily

A symbol of magnificence and beauty,  the Calla lily  is an  extremely beautiful flower which is extensively used in flower arrangements, bouquets and decoration purposes. These flowers are a native to South Africa. Calla Liles are uniquely sculptured and come in a number of colors such as shades of green, yellow, pink, purple and more.


2. Bird of paradise


Bird of paradise, an unusual name for a flower, isn’t it? Well this exotic flower is known as Bird of Paradise owning to its shape. It is also known as crane flower and belongs to Strelitiaceae family. With its unique shape and vibrant colors, the Bird of Paradise is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful flowers present in the world. This multicolored flower has no scent.

1. Rose


Oh yes, most “top most beautiful flowers” lists out there reserve the number one spot for this one. This pretty, sweet smelling flower has all what it takes to be the prettiest flower in the world. It would not be wrong to say that rose is a synonym with beauty and love. This woody perennial shrub belongs to the genus ‘Rosa’. Roses are found almost everywhere on earth. This beautiful flower comes in a variety of color and each color holds a different meaning, for examples red rose is a symbol of love while a yellow rose stands for friendship. From poets to artists, rose has been a source of inspiration for people for centuries!

Do you agree that these are indeed the most beautiful flowers of the world? Is there any other flower that deserves to be a part of this list? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Anam Kidwai

Just another confused twenty something.....the only thing I am absolutely sure of is my love for words! I love to read, I love to write and I love to dream! Hope you enjoy reading my write-ups as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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