10 Flowers That Bloom in February

February, in the Gregorian calendar, marks the time when the earth begins to warm up in early spring. It’s also the blooming season for many flowers.

In this article, I will share with you ten types of flowers that blossom in February: Winter Jasmine, Orchid Cactus, Kapok, Daffodils, Primrose, Fuchsia, Zebra Plant, Magnolia, Camellia, and Azalea.

Aside from these, do you know of any other flowers that bloom in February? Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

1. Winter Jasmine – Blooms from February to April

When thinking of flowers blooming in February, Winter Jasmine undeniably comes to mind. February marks the beginning of spring and Winter Jasmine, blooming on last year’s stems before the leaves, is typically the first to flower between February and April.

Given its early bloom, it is seen as the harbinger of a spring filled with a profusion of flowers, hence the name.

Known as one of the “Four Friends of the Snow” along with plum blossoms, daffodils, and camellias, it’s a common flower in China, also known as Spring Herald, Yellow Jasminum nudiflorum, or Golden Belt.

The Winter Jasmine has a delicate fragrance, with golden yellow blossoms tinged with red. It is esteemed for its graceful and charming blooms, tenacity against cold, and strong adaptability.

With over a thousand years of cultivation history, it is referenced in works from the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties, and now serves as the city flower of Hebi, Henan Province.

2. Spring Orchid Cactus – Blooms from January to March

The Spring Orchid Cactus is another flower that blooms in February, also known as Duo Lan, You Lan, Grass Orchid, Pudding Orchid, and Duo Duo Fragrance. This plant is small in stature with strap-shaped leaves and blooms mainly from January to March.

The Spring Orchid Cactus is one of the oldest cultivated orchids and has always been a common houseplant. It thrives in warm, moist, semi-shaded environments and emits an exceptionally elegant fragrance when in bloom.

It’s a great addition to indoor decor and a popular choice on the flower market for spring. Its roots, leaves, and flowers can all be used medicinally.

3. Kapok – Blooms from February to March

Kapok is a specialty of the south and the city flower of Guangzhou, Kaohsiung, and Panzhihua, also known as the “Hero Flower.”

Kapok trees shed their leaves before they bloom, typically in February, with the flowering period usually from February to March. The fiery red Kapok blossoms of spring are vibrant yet not ostentatious.

The robust trunk of the Kapok tree, standing tall and upright, gives it a heroic grandeur. The brilliant red of its flowers is reminiscent of the valiant spirit of a warrior, as if the hero’s blood has dyed the treetops.

After the flowers fall, they scatter beneath the tree without fading or wilting, bidding the world farewell in a heroic manner. Kapok flowers have heat-clearing, dampness-relieving, and detoxifying properties, and can also be used to make tea or soup.

4. Daffodil – Blooms from January to February

The Daffodil, a flower that blooms in February, generally flowers in winter, with the blooming period in January and February. It’s one of the top ten famous flowers in China, with over a thousand years of cultivation history.

Chinese Daffodils are naturally beautiful, fragrant, and elegantly simple. They have been classed with orchids, chrysanthemums, and irises as one of the “Four Gentlemen” of flowers, and with plum blossoms, camellias, and winter jasmine as the “Four Friends of the Snow.

Just a clear dish of water and a few pebbles is all it needs to bloom in the harsh winter, bringing a sense of spring and warmth. Daffodils are used to celebrate the New Year as a flower of renewal.

5. Primrose – Blooms from February to May

The Primrose, as the name suggests, is a spring flower. This perennial herb usually has pink blossoms, and its egg-shaped to oval or round leaves are unevenly toothed. Its flowering stems can reach up to 40 cm high.

The flowers, which range from pink to pale blue-violet or nearly white, bloom from February to May, setting fruit from March to June. The Primrose is mainly found in Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi in China, as well as northern Myanmar.

It is now cultivated worldwide, with numerous horticultural varieties in a wide range of colors, making it a highly valuable ornamental plant.

6. Trumpet Vine – Blooms from January to June

Also known as Yellow Trumpet Creeper, the Trumpet Vine not only blooms in February but has an extraordinarily long flowering period from January to June in hotter regions. Originating from Brazil, it is now cultivated worldwide.

The plant prefers sunny environments and fertile, moist, acidic soil. It grows rapidly and can climb upwards using other objects for support. It’s widely used in tropical Asia as an ornamental vine, often planted around buildings or trellises.

Its red-orange flowers hang in clusters in early summer, resembling firecrackers, which gave it its name.

7. Bougainvillea – Blooms from November to the following June

Bougainvillea, also known as Paper Flower, blooms from November to the following June. Known by several other names like Nine Layers, Spring Red, and Indoor Rhododendron, it has small, greenish-yellow flowers that cluster within three red bracts.

These large, beautiful red bracts, which come in a variety of colors including bright red, orange-yellow, purple-red, and milky white, are often mistaken for petals, hence the name “Leaf Flower.” Originally from Brazil, Bougainvillea thrives in warm, moist, and sunny environments. It is adaptable and can be grown in both the warm south and the cold north.

In southern China, it is grown in yards and parks, while in the colder north, it is cultivated in greenhouses. It is a highly valued ornamental plant.

8. Magnolia – Blooms from February to March

The Magnolia is a deciduous tree of the Magnoliaceae family, also known as White Magnolia or Spring Blossom. It’s the city flower of Shanghai.

Magnolias are widely cultivated in the gardens of major cities in China and are not only a famous flower in the country, but also an important viewing tree in early spring in the north. Nanxian County in Henan Province is even awarded the title “Hometown of Magnolia in China.”

Magnolias love sunlight, are slightly shade-tolerant, and are sensitive to temperature, with the flowers blooming earlier the further south you go.

The blooming period is from February to March (often blooming again from July to September), with large, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers ranging from white to light purple-red.

The leaves grow after the flowers bloom, with the blossoms usually lasting about 10-20 days. Magnolias, which resemble lotus flowers when in full bloom, have high ornamental value, making them an ideal choice for beautifying courtyards.

9. Camellia – Blooms from October to the following May

Camellia has a long blooming period, from October to the following May, with the peak flowering period usually from January to March.

There are countless varieties of camellias, which are traditional ornamental flowers in China, ranked eighth among the “top ten famous flowers,” and are also one of the world’s precious flowers.

Camellias come in various shades of red, purple, white, yellow, and even multi-colored varieties, with the tallest branches reaching up to 4 meters.

They prefer warm and moist environments, originating from the eastern part of China and commonly planted along the Yangtze River, Pearl River, Chongqing, Yunnan, and Sichuan, as well as in North Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and India.

With beautiful plant shapes, glossy deep green leaves, and vibrant flowers, they are cherished by the global horticultural community.

10. Rhododendron – Blooms in Spring

Rhododendron is a famous flowering plant that typically blooms in spring, with 2-6 flowers per cluster. The flower corolla is funnel-shaped, with colors ranging from red, light red, apricot red, to snow blue and white, displaying a rich and bright array of colors.

There is an ancient tale about the rhododendron, named after the cuckoo bird that supposedly cried day and night, coughing up blood and dyeing the flowers red all over the mountains.

Because of its bright red corolla, the rhododendron has high ornamental value and is cultivated in parks worldwide.

Several Chinese provinces including Jiangxi, Anhui, and Guizhou have adopted rhododendron as their provincial flower, and many cities like Changsha, Wuxi, Jiujiang, Zhenjiang, Dali, Jiaxing, and Ganzhou have designated it as their city flower.

In May 1985, the Rhododendron was ranked as one of the top ten famous flowers in China.