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Flowers That Start With P | 20 Beautiful Flowers Starting With “P”

Pretty, picturesque, and perfect. These are three of the magical words that we can use to describe flowers that start with P that can be found in your garden.

What would your garden be like if it didn’t have any flowers in it? Plain, probably. Flowers add an essence of life into our gardens.

They not only paint a picture of our landscape but also paint a picture of the planter’s creativity and vision of what a perfect garden should look like.

From primroses and petunias to pansies and peonies, these praiseworthy flowers are bound to make your garden the talk of the town for years to come. So without further adieu. Let’s take a look at the top 20 flowers that begin with P!

Here Are 20 Beautiful Flowers Starting With “P”


The Petunia flower originates from South America and is taken from the word “petun” which means tobacco.

This flower takes 10-12 weeks to grow and grows best in outdoor, direct sunlight conditions. Once grown in the correct conditions it will blossom into a beautiful purple flower.

  • Water- Keep them dry with minimal water
  • Soil PH-Between 5.4 and 6.0.
  • Sun- Full Sun Light



The Pansy is a crossbreed between Viola and wittrockiana that originated in Buckingham, Europe. It needs 1-3 weeks to bloom and thrives in cooler temperatures. (So, don’t burn them to death!) 

  • Water- Consistently moisturize the flowers but keep the roots relatively dry
  • Soil PH- 5.4 to 5.8.
  • Sun- Full or partial sun


3.Peach-leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia)

Adorable flowers of Campanula persicifolia in evening orange light - Flowers that start with P

The Peach-leaved bellflower is one of my favorite flowers that start with P due to its beautiful bell-like shape.

Also known as Campanula persicifolia, the flower usually comes in blue or white and it is most commonly found in mountain ranges in Europe. (So, you’ll have to get your hiking boots ready to get your hands on these beauties.)

  • Water- Evenly watered. Don’t let the soil dry out, but don’t overwater
  • Soil PH-Alkaline, Neutral
  • Sun- Full sun, partial shade


4.Paraguay Nightshade (Lycianthes Rantonnetii)

Lycianthes rantonnetii, the blue potato bush or Paraguay nightshade - flowers that start P

Everyone loves potatoes, especially the blue potato bush which is most commonly known as the Paraguay Nightshade. ( Be careful, unlike your common garden potato, I wouldn’t recommend eating this one.)

This evergreen shrub grows up to 6 ft in length and is native to Sothern America. It is usually blue or green in color and ( as I mentioned before) don’t eat it because it is poisonous! 

  • Water- Roughly 1 inch of water per week ( unless there are extreme heat conditions)
  • Soil PH-5.5 and 6.5.
  • Sun- Full sunlight


5.Pigsqueak (Bergenia Purpurascens)

Pigsqueak or heart-leaved bergenia - flowers that start with P.

When I was scrolling through the list of flowers that start with P, Pigsqeak caught my interest due to the sound that it makes when you rub the leaves between your fingers.

These flowers are native to the Himalayan mountains. The natives also use them for their antibacterial properties and they are used to treat urinary tract infections.

  • Water- half a cup of water every 5 days
  • Soil PH-Slightly acidic to neutral
  • Sun- Full sunlight ( cool climates)


6.Poppy (Papaver Alpinum)

Closeup of a silk remembrance poppy - flowers that start with P

I know that poppy is one of the plants that that start with P that most people have heard of and that has the most medicinal benefits, including legal and illegal ones.

Poppy seeds are full of calcium, protein and essential oils that are used to manufacture substances such as Latex, heroin and codeine. So if you are growing Poppy plants, be sure to use them legally and responsibly. 

  • Water- 1 inch of water
  • Soil PH-6.0 to 8.0.
  • Sun- Direct sunlight


7.Prairie Smoke (Geum Triflorum)

Prairie smoke - flowers that start with P

Prairie smoke is one of the most captivating flowers that begin with P due to its captivating whisker-like visuals which is why it earned its nickname of “the old man’s whiskers.”

These flowers are native to Northern America and they bloom from the beginning of spring until the middle of summer. They are quite easy to identify with their bowl-shaped flowers that are red and pink in color and silver/pink whisker tails, so you’ll know one when you see one!

  • Water- Watered weekly (can stand dry, but not drought conditions)
  • Soil PH-Neutral
  • Sun- Full Sunlight


8.Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia Arbuscula)

Pencil Cholla - Flowers that start with P

Pencil Chollas are Plants that begin with P rather than Flowers that Begin with P since they fall under the category of succulents ( or cacti) and can be found in central Arizona and Mexico.

From late April to June, the Cacti start blooming into 1 ½ wide flowers. American indigenous people often eat the Pencil cholla buds but be careful if you plan on doing so as you could get hurt if you get pricked along the way. 

  • Water- Dry
  • Soil PH-6.5 to 7.5
  • Sun- Full Sunlight


9.Peony (Paeonia)

Pink flowers peonies flowering on background pink peonies.

P is for Peony, one of the most picturesque flowers that start with P. Did you know that there are over 33 types of peonies out there? That is why they’re not native to only one place.

In fact, they’re native to Europe and Asia. They blossom into a variety of colors such as white, pink, rose red, yellow, mahogany, and orange. Peony roots are also used as a remedy for muscle cramps, viral hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and migraines. Talk about a full package deal!

  • Water: Medium
  • Soil PH: 7-8
  • Sun: Full sunlight-partial shade

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10.Pink Dianthus 

Pink dianthus - flowers that start with P

The Pink Dianthus’ smell is quite contradictory to its name, but its pretty pink colours are quite easy on the eyes. The name Dianthus is derived from the Greek word “Dios” which means god and the Greek word “anthos” which means flower leading to a combined meaning of god’s flower.

Unfortunately, the flowers don’t smell as pleasant. They are, however, native to Europe, Asia and a few parts of North Africa and have quite a few culinary uses including making candied Dianthus. Yum!

  • Water: Medium
  • Soil PH: 5.8 to 6.2
  • Sun: Full sunlight


11.Primrose (Primrose)

Primula Primrose Multicolored flowers

The Primrose flower is probably one of the most significant and beneficial flowers that start with P due to its medicinal and sentimental properties. In sentimental terms, primroses represent love and affection whereas medicinally, they are used for acne, skin health, lowering of high blood pressure, relieving PMS symptoms and improving heart health.

It also has a natural, 2-year life cycle meaning that is it biennial. Once the flower blooms during the summer, the wind carries the seed to a different location where the life cycle restarts.

  • Water: Medium
  • Soil PH: 6.0 to 6.5
  • Sun: Partial shade- Full shade


12.Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

white peace lily flower

For those of you who are looking for flowers that begin with P for bringing Peace into their home, the Peace Lily is the way to go. The Peace lily is one of few plants that need little sunlight and flourishes indoors while clearing your home of the unwanted carbon dioxide, breaking down toxic gasses and freshening up the oxygen levels.

It can grow up to 40 inches and is native to the tropical Americas and Southeast Asia. Overall, if you’re looking for an indoor garden, the Peace Lily is the way to go!

  • Water: Keep the soil moist and mist the leaves at least once a week
  • Soil PH: Acidic
  • Sun: Partial shade


13.Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnate)

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate)

Passiflora incarnata is another great flower that starts with the letter P that comes with a host of medicinal and psychological benefits. It was first discovered in 1569, in Peru by a Spanish Doctor and was later used as a treatment for conditions such as liver problems, anxiety, insomnia, hysteria and seizures.

Passiflora incarnata can grow up to 6m in length. Seeds may take up to 6 weeks to germinate and up to 10 years to bloom.

  • Water: 1-1.5 inches of water once-twice per week
  • Soil PH: Neutral to acidic
  • Sun: 4-6 hours of full sunlight per day


14.Peyote Cactus (Lophophora Williamsii)

Peyote - flowers that start with P

Peyote is a spineless cactus that can be found in Texan and Mexican Deserts but is illegal to possess due to inhibiting psychoactive mescaline alkaloids.

It has a small sound shape and despite its illegal status it is often used to treat fevers joint pains and is used in shamanic practices. However, consuming peyote for these reasons is not advised.

Although the lethal cases that have been linked to its consumption are rare, hallucinations and homicidal and suicidal intentions have been linked to its usage.

  • Water: Restrict Water
  • Soil PH: 7.9 to 8.3
  • Sun: Restrict Sunlight


15.Prickly pear (Opuntia Compress)

Prickly Pear - flowers that start with P

Have you ever heard of the saying: sometimes you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit? Well, the Prickly pear is a great example of this. For starters, Opuntia compressa is a part of the cactus family and it is also known as the Devil’s tongue. 

It is native to the eastern part of North American and blooms into a tasty pear or fig that you can indulge in if you don’t mind getting pricked! The Prickly pear cactus is 6-12 inches tall and helps for medical ailments such as diarrhoea, high cholesterol, alcohol hangovers, obesity and type 2 diabetes,

  • Water: Every 2-3 weeks
  • Soil PH: 6 to 7.5
  • Sun: Full sun


16.Pandan flower (Pandanus Amaryllifolius)

Pandan Flower - flowers that start with P

The Pandan flower is not only one of the best flowers that start with P, but it is also one of the only highly prized flowers beginning with P due to its versatility and fragrance.

The flower is rich in vitamin A, Iron and Protein and is used to treat headaches, arthritis and earaches in traditional Chinese medicine. The Pandan Flower is a perennial shrub that grows up to 4.5m long and is native to sub-tropic areas such as Malaysia and Madagascar.

  • Water: 1-3 inches of water weekly
  • Soil PH: feed it regularly with organic liquid fertilizer. (The plant is not fussy)
  • Sun: Partial shade


17.Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

Pineapple Sage - flowers that start with P

Plants that start with P have a knack for having a host of health benefits, including Pineapple Sage. This is one of my favourite herbs and I have cultivated it myself.

Now, the element that sets pineapple Sage apart from normal sage is the scent. If you rub pineapple sage between your fingers, you’ll get a lovely, tropical aroma.

The plant, scientifically known as, Salvia elegans, is native to the Mesoamerican pine-oak forests in Mexico and grows between 1.2 to 1.5 meters in size. It is commonly used for the treatment of depression and anxiety and to balance the nervous system and can also aid in digestion.

  • Water: Plants survive on rainfall. Water only when soil is dry
  • Soil PH: 6.0 to 8.0.
  • Sun: Full sun


18.Peppermint (Mentha × Piperita)

Green fresh mint picked from garden

Peppermint is one of the healthiest plants that start with P for those who want to get rid of the flue and one of the tastiest plants to add to a variety of dishes. It has been used as an aid for indigestion by ancient Egyptians but was first cultivated in England.

Peppermint has a slow growth rate at the seedling stage and may take as much as 2 weeks to germinate. However, once they pass this stage, their growth experiences a rapid increase and they can grow as much as 4 inches in a month. 

  • Water: twice per week
  • Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
  • Sun: Partial-Full sun (full sun increases potency)


19.Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium Acaule)

Pink lady's-slipper - Cypripedium Acaule

This Flower that begins with P is not only beautiful but also beautifully deceptive. Bees who enter the flower to pollinate it find themselves in an inescapable maze and are forced to pollinate the entire slipper by following the maze that the orchid has laid out since exiting the same way that they came in is impossible. This procedure is crucial to the survival and the pollination of orchids.

The Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid grows between 6-15 inches in length and flowers between May and July. Bees are lured into the front pouch by the scent and the orchid lives to be up to 20 years old.

  • Water: Water it weekly during the summer
  • Soil PH: 4-5
  • Sun:  Dappled sunlight under tall trees


20.Pale yellow-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium Striatum) 

Sisyrinchium striatum or Pale yellow-eyed-grass

As I was looking for flowers that start with P and I came across the Pale yellow-eyed grass, the first thought that came to mind was: “yap, this is the kind of wand a delicate fairy queen would take to battle.”

The yellow and purple flowers peek out from long, sturdy, stems that give them a glorified sword-shaped effect that stands 12-feet tall. ( Someone could take quite a knock with one of those.) Your Pale yellow-eyed grass will reach a height of 0.25 meters after 2-5 years, so remember my fellow flower warriors, patience is a virtue!

  • Water: twice per week
  • Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
  • Sun: Partial-Full sun (full sun increases potency)



I hope that you enjoyed our profound, praiseworthy, precious list of pleasant flowers that begin with P. Even though some of these may have been plants that begin with P (or herbs) each of them have brought along their own sense of beauty, history, flavor, or medicinal benefits.

After gasping in awe at such a versatile list there is nothing left to do, but to grab your shovels, start digging and thank mother nature for the beautiful plants that she has gifted us with.