10 Types of Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

What flowers bloom in autumn?

There are several blossoming during this season including osmanthus, morning glory, chrysanthemum, camellia, red spider lily, cactus, beauty cherry, mimosa, hibiscus, rose, butterfly orchid, rose, begonia, and cotton rose, among others.

This article will highlight these autumn-blooming flowers, focusing on those that are especially captivating in the fall.

1. Osmanthus

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming in early September to October, its main color is golden yellow. Osmanthus is one of China’s traditional top ten flowers, an excellent garden species for its amalgamation of greening, beautifying, and fragrance.

Its aroma is clean, surpassing dust, and its intense scent can spread far, truly unparalleled.

Especially during mid-autumn, when clusters of osmanthus bloom wildly, its rich fragrance during a quiet, round moon night can make one feel refreshed and clear-minded.

Throughout Chinese ancient poetry, there are many works praising osmanthus. Loved since ancient times, it is seen as a traditional famous flower.

Osmanthus flowers grow among the leaves, the corolla is tetralobate. There are numerous horticultural varieties, including gold osmanthus, silver osmanthus, dan osmanthus, moon osmanthus, etc.

Osmanthus can be used in food and cosmetics, for making pastries, candies, and brewing wine.

2. Chrysanthemum

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from September to November, it comes in numerous colors. The chrysanthemum is one of the top three famous flowers in China and one of the “Four Gentlemen” in flowers, alongside plum blossoms, orchids, and bamboo.

It’s also one of the world’s four major cut flowers (chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, iris), leading in production volume. Undoubtedly, the chrysanthemum is the master of autumn.

Whether it is the diverse specimen chrysanthemums, desk chrysanthemums, cliff chrysanthemums, large daisies, small daisies, Japanese small chrysanthemums and other artificially cultivated varieties, or wild chrysanthemums like sweet wild chrysanthemum, ox knee chrysanthemum, wind feather chrysanthemum, emerald chrysanthemum, small red chrysanthemum, purple aster, they all bloom competitively in autumn, presenting a dazzling display that earns endless praise.

Chrysanthemums not only have high ornamental value, but they can also be used medicinally to treat diseases. Long-term consumption or drinking chrysanthemum tea can promote longevity.

3. Red Spider Lily

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from September to October, the red spider lily comes in red, white, and yellow. The Japanese nickname for red spider lily is “Manjushage”, a transliteration from the Sanskrit “Mahamanjushaka” in the Lotus Sutra.

It refers to a heavenly flower, a big red flower, and is one of the four auspicious flowers (Manjushage, Mahamanjushaka, Mandarava, Mahamandarava).

It is traditionally said that seeing this flower removes evil. The red spider lily we usually refer to is the red Lycoris radiata.

However, the commonly seen white Lycoris radiata and yellow Lycoris radiata cannot be considered true “red spider lilies”.

They are close relatives of the red spider lily, another famous ornamental flower known as “Lycoris sprengeri”, also known as “surprise lilies. Lycoris sprengeri and red spider lilies are very similar, but they bloom at different times and carry different meanings.

The flower language of Lycoris sprengeri is happiness, joy, and surprise.

4. Camellia

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from November to December, Camellia is a sister species of tea, Camellia, South Camellia, oil tea, tea plum, and is one of the national first-level protected plants. The flowers of the Camellia are golden

yellow, dazzling, as if coated with a layer of wax, shiny and oily, seemingly translucent.

Camellia flowers grow singly in the leaf axils, and when the flowers bloom, they have a cup-shaped, pot-shaped or bowl-shaped appearance, charming and diverse, elegant and beautiful. In the past, people had not seen the golden yellow variety.

In 1960, Chinese scientists discovered a kind of golden yellow camellia in Nanning, Guangxi, for the first time, which was named “Camellia”.

Foreign countries call it the magical Oriental demon tea and it is hailed as the “panda of the plant world” and the “queen of the tea family”.

5. Morning Glory

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Flowering from June to October, the flowers are white, purplish-red, or purplish-blue, funnel-shaped. The whole plant has thick hair and is most vigorous in summer. The seeds have medicinal value.

Morning Glory comes in a variety of types and colors. In addition to being admired, the seeds are also commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, known as “Er Chou”.

The Morning Glory flower resembles a trumpet, so some places call it a trumpet flower. Generally, Morning Glory seeds are sown in spring and bloom in summer and autumn.

The color of the flowers varies greatly, including blue, dark red, peach red, purple, etc., and there are mixed colors. The edges of the petals change frequently and it is a common ornamental plant.

The fruit is ovate and can be used for medicine, named Chou Niu Zi (in Yunnan), Hei Chou, Bai Chou, Er Chou (mixed black and white seeds).

The medicine is mostly made of Hei Chou, while Bai Chou is rarely used. It has the effects of promoting water metabolism, expectoration, and killing parasites.

6. Epiphyllum

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from June to October. Epiphyllum, native to South Africa and Mexico, is an epiphytic cactus. Epiphyllum can increase the negative ion content indoors.

Although its flowering period is very short, it is beautiful and noble, with a rich fragrance when it blooms. Epiphyllum enjoys the reputation of “beauty under the moon”.

Once the flower gradually unfolds, it wilts slowly after 1-2 hours, and the entire process lasts only about 4 hours. Hence the saying, “ephemeral as an Epiphyllum”.

It is widely cultivated around the world, and commonly seen in every province in China. It is a famous ornamental flower.

In terms of medicinal value, it has the effects of defecation, detoxification, clearing heat, and treating asthma.

It is mainly used to treat intestinal heat, constipation and bloody stool, swellings, pneumonia, blood in sputum, asthma, and other symptoms. The flower has robust effects and also treats high blood pressure and high blood lipids.

7. Verbena

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Flowering from May to November. Verbena belongs to the Verbenaceae family, a perennial herb, suitable for growth temperatures of 5~25℃. Native to South America.

The blooming part is umbellate, spike flower terminal, densely umbellate, small and dense flowers, with white, pink, red, complex colors, etc., fragrant.

Very vigorous, it can be used as bedding or border materials, and can also be potted for large-scale planting, suitable for pot ornamental or flower table garden arrangement, tree pit.

The stem of Verbena is short and creeping, excellent ground cover material, can be used for urban road greening belt, roundabout, slope, flower bed, etc.

Mixed color planting or single color planting, multi-color mixed planting can show its colorful, single color planting can form a color block.

8. Hibiscus Syriacus

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from August to November. The Hibiscus Syriacus is a shrub or small tree native to the Yellow River basin in China and various places in East and South China.

Its flowers are either white or pink or red, like a lotus out of water, radiant like a lotus petal, because it grows on land and is a woody plant, it is also called “wooden Hibiscus.

Hibiscus flowers are known as “three-change flowers” because their flowers change three times a day. Its flowers start to bloom in late autumn,

but despite frost and dew, they remain beautiful, capturing the charm of late autumn, hence they are also called “frost-resistant flowers”.

Both flowers and leaves can be used for medicine, with the effects of clearing heat and detoxifying, reducing swelling and draining pus, and cooling blood to stop bleeding.

The Hibiscus Syriacus is also the city flower of Chengdu, its flower language is slender beauty, chastity, purity.

9. Gomphrena Globosa

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from August to November, Gomphrena Globosa is also known as Globe Amaranth, and belongs to the Amaranthaceae family.

Gomphrena Globosa enjoys sunshine, tolerates dry heat, and is robust. It is native to the tropical Americas and is a common flower in tropical and subtropical regions.

Used for ornamental purposes, the head-like inflorescences last for a long time. Apart from being used in flower beds and bonsai, it can also be used as decorative items such as flower wreaths and flower baskets.

Distributed in most parts of China, it not only has significant medicinal value, but is also a suitable material for flower tea that is good for heat-clearing, fire-removing, and health-maintenance.

In ancient times, people regarded Gomphrena Globosa as a symbol of sincere friendship, and many good stories have been widely circulated because of this.

10. Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis

Flowers that Bloom in Autumn

Blooming from July to October, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis is the national flower of Korea and Malaysia, also known as the “endless flower. In North America, it is affectionately referred to as the “Desert Rose”.

Other names include white hibiscus, palm tree flower, large bowl flower, barrier flower, Qingming fence, white rice flower, chicken meat flower, lard flower, and morning-opening and evening-closing flower.

The color of the Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis can range from light purple to deep purple, with bright and vibrant colors.

Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis grows quickly and has lush branches and leaves. It is an excellent plant for freely growing flower hedges and is suitable for planting on both sides of roads, parks, courtyards, etc.

It can be planted singly, in rows, or in patches. It is often used as a flower hedge in the south, and as garden decoration and indoor potting in the north. Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis can be used for medicine, and is also edible.