60 Types of Flowers that Bloom in Winter

What flowers bloom in winter? What blossoms unfurl their petals in the cold season? Who said that only spring is a time for flowers?

There’s an array of flowers that bloom in winter, including plum blossoms, African daisies, wintersweets, moth orchids, camellias, and dahlia. Planting these on your balcony can bring a touch of warmth to the chilly winter days.

Let’s explore the top ten winter blossoms, and see which flowers made it to the list.

1. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Bloom Period: November-May

The chrysanthemum blooms in the winter and spring. If your house stays warm in winter, with temperatures above 15 degrees Celsius, it will start to bloom early. More sun exposure, and a spray of potassium dihydrogen phosphate solution on the leaves every 7-10 days, can stimulate early blooming and regulate the blooming period.

2. Clivia

Clivia

Bloom Period: December-March of the following year

The blooming period of Clivia is not very fixed. Some plant lovers in the north with heating say that it often blooms around New Year’s Day and Chinese New Year, which is very festive.

This might be due to the low temperatures of 10-15 degrees Celsius before the heat comes on, followed by 18-25 degrees, which is ideal for flower bud germination.

3. Christmas Cactus

Bloom Period: November-February of the following year

The Christmas cactus blooms earlier than the chrysanthemum, usually around New Year’s Day. Before blooming, remember to expose it to more sunlight, remove the small, thin leaves at the top, and leave the sturdy, large leaves at the top. Maintaining a temperature above 12 degrees Celsius and spraying potassium dihydrogen phosphate can also promote bud growth.

4. Oncidium

Oncidium

Bloom Period: October-December

Normally, the Oncidium starts developing flower spikes from mid to late October. Remember to increase exposure to sunlight and water it regularly. When watering, avoid the leaf clusters to prevent the bulbs from rotting due to excess moisture, and pour water from the side of the pot. You can mix in some Flower Bloom No. 2 once a month, and stop once the flower spikes appear.

5. Phalaenopsis

Bloom Period: February-June

The natural blooming period of Phalaenopsis is in the spring, but now it can bloom in both spring and autumn. It can also bloom in winter if it is not cold. Its blooming period lasts 2-4 months. Before blooming, you can expose it to more sunlight and apply phosphate fertilizer to promote blooming. After the flowers appear, reducing light exposure can extend the blooming period.

6. Hyacinth

Bloom Period: January-April

The blooming period of the Hyacinth can also be controlled. Common varieties of Hyacinth bulbs are usually planted in the fall and winter, mainly grown hydroponically, and maintain a temperature above 10 degrees Celsius for budding and blooming, which takes about 1-2 months.

Among them, Grape Hyacinths can be propagated, it is recommended to grow them in soil, they bloom about 2 months after planting.

7. Bromeliad

Bloom Period: November-May of the following year, blooms in multiple seasons

Bromeliads love to bloom. If the temperature at home is between 10-28 degrees Celsius, it will easily bloom, regardless of the season. The key to growing Bromeliads is watering.

Don’t pour directly into the flower clusters, it is better to water the soil along the edge of the pot. It wilts when it lacks water, so remember to water it promptly.

8. Saffron

Saffron

Bloom Period: November-March of the following year

Saffron is relatively cold-resistant. There are domestic saffron varieties in our country, which mostly grow on plateaus. Ornamental varieties of saffron have a better blooming effect. Plant them in the winter, either in the ground or in pots. They will bloom 1-2 months after sprouting.

9. Bluebell

Bloom Period: February-May

Bluebell, also known as Wild Hyacinth, blooms like small wind chimes. Plant the bulbs in winter, from November to December, and maintain a temperature above 5 degrees Celsius for budding. After 2-3 months, they will bloom when the temperature is above 15 degrees Celsius.

10. Chinese Daffodil

Chinese Daffodil

Bloom Period: Around Chinese New Year

Chinese Daffodils are our local varieties from Zhangzhou and Chongming. The blooming period can be controlled. Everyone likes it to bloom around Chinese New Year.

You can soak them in water 1-2 months in advance, keep the temperature at 10-15 degrees Celsius, and ensure sufficient light to prevent excessive growth. They will bloom 1-2 months after budding.

11. Narcissus

Bloom Period: February-March

Narcissus is a foreign variety. The bulbs can be propagated. It is recommended to grow them in soil, suitable for both pot planting and ground planting.

Plant them when it’s cold in autumn and winter (when the ground is not frozen), and they will bloom 2-3 months after planting. Lift the bulbs in summer and replant them in autumn and winter.

12. Pouch Flower

Pouch Flower

Bloom Period: December-February

This is a very distinctive small grass flower, which blooms like a bulging pouch or an ingot. It is very festive to bloom around Chinese New Year. It blooms best at 10-15 degrees Celsius. If it’s too cold or too hot, the flowers will easily wither. It’s best to buy it already potted for enjoyment.

13. Cattleya Orchid

Cattleya Orchid

Bloom Period: October-April of the following year

The Cattleya Orchid has become a symbolic flower for the New Year. In fact, its natural blooming period is in spring and autumn, and winter blooming may be due to greenhouse control.

Cattleya Orchids are often hybrids. It is recommended to buy plants with lots of buds that are currently blooming, as the chance of blooming again the following year is low.

14. Begonia

Begonia

Bloom Period: October-April of the following year

The blooming period of Begonia is not fixed, mainly in autumn, winter, and spring, and can bloom in multiple seasons. When growing it, make sure the soil is loose to avoid root rot. The best blooming temperature is between 12-26 degrees Celsius. Control watering well, as too little will dry out and yellow the plant, while too much will cause it to soften and rot.

15. Red Pine Plum

Red Pine Plum

Bloom Period: December-May

Red Pine Plum has been popular in the past two years. Single branch cut flowers are expensive, potted plants are more cost-effective. Its leaves are like pine trees and flowers are like plum blossoms. It likes a sun-filled environment, and remember to water regularly, otherwise the leaves will wither. By the time you notice the withering, it will be too late.

16. Daphne

Daphne

Bloom Period: November-May

Daphne blooms in cooler weather, flowering early in the south and later in the north. For ground planting, maintain the temperature above minus 15 degrees Celsius, and for pot planting, keep it above 0 degrees Celsius for safety. If you want it to bloom earlier, move it indoors, where a temperature of around 10-15 degrees Celsius will nurture the flower buds.

17. Cyclamen

Bloom Period: December-March

Cyclamen is also a bulb that blooms in winter. Generally, it is planted in mid to late November and will bloom 1-2 months after budding. If you want to delay flowering, you can refrain from planting for a while and keep the bulbs in a dry and cool place around 10 degrees Celsius. Plant when you’re ready, and the planting temperature should be above 10 degrees Celsius.

18. Chrysanthemum

Cyclamen

Bloom Period: October-February

There are many varieties of chrysanthemums, most of which bloom in summer and autumn. Among them, the winter chrysanthemum has the latest blooming period and can bloom bravely in frost.

Winter chrysanthemums are mostly stand-alone chrysanthemums with larger flowers and a long blooming period, and a single flower can last for up to a month.

19. Camellia

Bloom Period: January-April

Camellia buds emerge early, but it takes a long time for them to bloom. In winter, the ground planting temperature should not be below minus 10 degrees Celsius, and pot planting should not be below 5 degrees Celsius, otherwise they are prone to frost damage.

During this period, maintain sunlight, ventilate more, and mainly use a small amount of leaf-surface potassium dihydrogen phosphate fertilizer until the flower buds show color.

20. Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Bloom Period: October-May

Nowadays, the indoor potted rhododendrons are mostly Western Rhododendrons and Azaleas, both of which can bloom in multiple seasons. In winter, keep the temperature above 10 degrees Celsius, and the flower buds will continue to emerge. Pay attention to increasing light collection and watering on time, otherwise the leaves and flower buds can easily wither.

21. Freesia

Bloom Period: February-May

Freesia is a bulbous plant. Plant in autumn and winter, and keep the temperature above 8 degrees Celsius. It will bloom 2-3 months after budding. During the leaf-growing period, you should sunbathe more to prevent excessive growth (burying it deeper when planting can also prevent excessive growth), and after flowering, it will be fragrant all over the room.

22. Tulip

Bloom Period: February-May

Tulips like cool climates, and it is just right to plant them in November-December. They will bloom 1-2 months after planting, like light, and can bloom as long as the temperature is kept above 8 degrees Celsius.

The varieties of tulips nowadays are mostly artificially cultivated, with a low rate of repeated flowering, while native tulips are more likely to re-bloom and propagate.

23. Iron Orchid

Iron Orchid

Bloom Period: January-March

Iron Orchid, also known as Purple Pineapple, blooms in winter and spring, with a flowering period of up to 1-2 months. It is highly ornamental and suitable for festive display.

It is not very cold-resistant, suitable for cultivation above 10 degrees Celsius. The flower branch that has finished blooming will not bloom again, but you can continue to cultivate the lateral buds, which will bloom when they grow up.

24. Good Fortune Ahead

Good Fortune Ahead

Bloom Period: June-next June

Good Fortune Ahead does not have a fixed blooming period now. In the case of distinct seasons, it blooms in summer and autumn, and if the winter is warm, it can also bloom in autumn and winter.

It is also very festive to decorate with it for the Spring Festival. It also only blooms once, and it’s fine to grow new lateral buds after blooming.

25. Crane Orchid

Crane Orchid

Bloom Period: September-next June

Crane Orchid is a tropical plant, suitable for cultivation in the south. Crane Orchid seedlings over 6 years old have the possibility of blooming, so the limitations are quite significant. There are many small seedlings with flowers in the flower market, which may be inserted with plastic fake flowers, so everyone should keep their eyes open.

26. Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant

Bloom Period: Blooms in multiple seasons

The bloom period of the Goldfish Plant is not fixed. With suitable temperatures (above 10 degrees Celsius), it can bloom in all four seasons.

If it’s relatively warm indoors in winter, it will not stop. Keep the temperature above 10 degrees Celsius, sunbathe more, and spray potassium dihydrogen phosphate once a week to encourage more “goldfish” to appear.

27. Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Bloom Period: November-next June

Although it’s a grass flower, it is very cold-resistant and can withstand temperatures around minus 15 degrees Celsius in winter. But to maintain good flowering, it is best to keep potted plants in an environment above 0 degrees Celsius. After blooming, remove the withered flowers, and it will grow new branches and continue to bud.

28. Pansy

Pansy

Bloom Period: November-next April

The Pansy is similar to the Cyclamen, but its flowers are larger, and the colors are more enchanting. However, its flowering time is shorter than Cyclamen, and it is a more eye-catching grass flower in winter. It’s not very heat-resistant and will die in the summer.

29. Primrose

Primrose

Bloom Period: February-May

As the name suggests, Primrose is a flower that sprouts buds before the arrival of early spring. Now many start to bloom in December. It blooms healthiest at temperatures between 10-18 degrees Celsius and is also quite cold-resistant.

Potted plants can withstand temperatures around minus 5 degrees Celsius, and the flowering period in early spring is relatively long.

30. Cucumber Leaf Chrysanthemum

Cucumber Leaf Chrysanthemum

Bloom Period: January-April

The Cucumber Leaf Chrysanthemum is a relatively cold-resistant small chrysanthemum. It is usually planted in summer and autumn and blooms in winter and spring.

Ground planting can withstand temperatures around minus 10 degrees Celsius. Potted plants are recommended to be above 0 degrees Celsius. It’s not suitable for long-term cultivation, usually cultivated for 1-2 years for viewing.

31. Flowering Quince

Flowering Quince

Bloom Period: February-May

Flowering Quince is one of the flowers popular during the Chinese New Year. It has the posture of plum blossoms, but it’s more delicate than red plums, giving it a classic appeal when placed at home.

Flowering Quince is not easy to grow; it likes a well-ventilated, temperature and humidity balanced environment. If you want to enjoy its beauty, it’s recommended to buy the ones with more flower buds.

32. Plum Blossom

Plum Blossom

Bloom Period: February-March

The natural flowering period of plum blossom is February-March, earlier than peach blossoms. The weather is still very cold at that time. The plum blossoms planted in the ground do not need care; they bloom proudly in the snow. Potted ones should be kept above zero degrees to avoid freezing the soil and roots.

33. Wintersweet

Wintersweet

Bloom Period: December-March

Wintersweet is a famous perfume flower that can bloom even in snowy winters. Its flowers bloom before its leaves, and the fragrance can be smelled from a distance. If you like Wintersweet, you can wait until spring to cut branches for grafting, or collect seeds in summer and autumn for sowing.

34. Daphne

Daphne

Bloom Period: February-April

Daphne is also a perfume flower in winter, blooming a bit later than Wintersweet. Its flowers have a sweeter scent, smelling like honey. It also blooms before its leaves appear. The branches are very resilient and can form knots, hence the name “Daphne.”

35. Winter Jasmine

Bloom Period: February-April

Winter Jasmine’s flowering period is slightly later than that of Wintersweet. It blooms more vibrantly, with golden flowers covering every branch. It doesn’t have a particularly strong fragrance, which is quite different from Wintersweet. Its branches are also slender, suitable for making flower walls, flower racks, and flower galleries.

36. Pyracantha

Bloom Period: October-next May

Pyracantha blooms in multiple seasons, with the main flowering period in winter and spring. If you keep the temperature above 10 degrees in winter and give it plenty of sunlight, it can bloom. Bright red flowers paired with dense green leaves are quite festive, but you need to keep it a bit away from people, as its thorns can prick.

37. Spring Orchid

Spring Orchid

Bloom Period: January-March

Spring Orchid is an early-blooming orchid, blooming at the end of winter and the beginning of spring. In winter, it’s best to keep the temperature around 10 degrees, which is conducive to flower bud development. Before blooming, you can water it with No.2 Flower Booster or Orchid Nutrient Solution to promote blooming, then stop when the buds grow.

38. Gentian

Gentian

Bloom Period: October-next March

Gentians are not tall, but they have many flower buds. They like light, and with good sunlight, the buds will open. If the light is insufficient, the buds will remain closed or semi-open. The flowers are white and blue-purple, and they look very beautiful when they bloom in winter and spring.

39. Snowdrop

Bloom Period: January-April

Snowdrop is very aesthetically pleasing. It is also a winter bulbous plant. Plant it in November-December, and it can be grown in the ground (above -15 degrees) or in a pot. It is best to maintain above 10 degrees for germination. It may take about 2 months to bloom, with multiple flowers on a single plant, and the bulbs can reproduce.

40. Primrose

Primrose

Bloom Period: February-May

Primroses are usually sown in autumn and bloom in winter and spring. They love light, so ensure ample light for the seedlings to grow in winter. You can fertilize before blooming, mainly with slow-release fertilizers and dipotassium phosphate, and stop after the flower buds appear. They bloom vibrantly, and some varieties can produce seeds.

41. Pincushion Flower

Bloom Period: December-April

Pincushion Flower is a common wildflower in the northern or plateau regions. It has now been artificially cultivated into many varieties with high ornamental value, and it’s cold-resistant.

It blooms in winter and spring, and keeping the potted plant above 10 degrees can keep it blooming continuously. Some varieties can produce seeds, and it can be grown for many years.

42. Christmas Cactus

Bloom Period: October-next April

Christmas Cactus blooms just in time for Christmas, New Year’s Day, and the Chinese New Year. It has a long flowering period and can be admired at home for a long time. However, pay attention to light and temperature. It likes light, requiring at least 4 hours of light exposure every day. The best temperature to keep it at is above 15 degrees.

43. French Perfume (Golden Trumpet)

French Perfume

Bloom Period: October-next April

French Perfume, also known as Golden Trumpet, is a cold-resistant vine plant. It can be planted in the ground in areas south of the Yangtze River. It blooms in winter and spring, and its fragrance is relatively strong. The plant is toxic, so try not to pick it with your bare hands, and definitely do not eat it.

44. Spring Dendrobium

Spring Dendrobium

Bloom Period: December-next March

Spring Dendrobium is a relatively common epiphytic orchid in the south, often blooming at the beginning of the year. Its fragrance is very pleasant. People in the south also call it the “Flying Twins,” as its blooming looks like two birds flying together, which symbolizes a very good meaning.

45 . Chinese Lantern

Bloom Period: January-June

Chinese Lantern is quite common in the south and usually blooms around the Chinese New Year. It’s a vine plant, and the bunches of orange-red flowers hanging on the wall resemble the firecrackers set off during the New Year, making it especially festive. Hence the name, Chinese Lantern. Unfortunately, it’s not suitable for ground planting when the winter temperature drops below -5 degrees.

46. Kumquat

Fruit Period: October-next March

Kumquat is a common small potted fruit plant in winter. It’s not kept for the beauty of its flowers, but for its fruits. During the fruiting period, ensure the temperature stays above 10 degrees and water regularly. Try to avoid watering the fruits directly to prevent them from rotting. You can take off the withered fruits in spring and plant them.

47. Coral Bush

Coral Bush

Fruit Period: October-next February

The Coral Bush is a plant where the fruit is more beautiful than the flower. Many people specifically buy Coral Bush when the fruits turn red. It’s easier to maintain than kumquat, drought and cold-resistant. The potted plant can withstand temperatures around -5 degrees. After the fruit dries up the following spring, you can plant it, but it will take 3-5 years to bear fruit.

48. Buddha’s Hand

Buddha's Hand

Fruit Period: Depends on the blooming time

Buddha’s Hand is a typical southern plant. Its blooming period is not fixed; it can bloom in all seasons and bear fruit after blooming, so the fruiting period is not fixed either. If it blooms in summer, it will naturally bear fruit in autumn and winter. The golden-yellow fruit can be admired for 2-3 months, and it smells good.

49. Chinese Money Tree

Fruit Period: October-next March

The Chinese Money Tree is also a potted plant kept for its fruits. It usually blooms in spring and summer, bears fruit in autumn, and looks best when the fruits turn red in winter.

The fruits are mainly concentrated in the middle and lower part, and the upper part is dense with green branches and leaves. It has a unique shape and symbolizes the blessing of having many children.

50. American Holly

American Holly

Fruit Period: October-next March

American Holly is an indispensable decoration in winter. It’s quite cold-resistant, can be grown in the ground in Shandong in winter, blooms in spring and summer, bears fruit in autumn. After the leaves fall in winter and the fruit turns red, its ornamental value is the highest. You can cut branches and put them in a vase for viewing.

51. Plum Blossom

The Plum Blossom, ranking first among China’s ten most famous flowers, is celebrated as one of the “Four Gentlemen” along with orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemums.

It’s also known as one of the “Three Friends of Winter” along with pine and bamboo. It blooms first among hundreds of flowers, bringing spring to the world amid severe cold. Plum blossoms, small trees or shrubs, can typically reach heights of 4-10 meters. Their bark is quite smooth, with a light gray color or a hint of green.

They have oval or elliptical leaves with sharp tiny serrated edges, grey-green in color, and their flowers are heavily fragrant, blossoming in winter and spring.

52. African Daisy

Also known as Gerbera Daisy, this perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family is covered in hair. African daisies are relatively short, generally about thirty to forty centimeters high, with pinnately lobed leaves clustered at the base of the plant.

Their flower stalks rise above the leaves, with each stalk bearing a single flower. The flower head of the African Daisy is very colorful, available in brown-red, royal pink, orange-yellow, and pure white.

It typically blooms from November to April of the following year, and can bloom year-round, although it thrives in spring and autumn.

When in full bloom, it’s extraordinarily dazzling and charming, its beauty captivating and greatly admired.

53. Wintersweet

Wintersweet, blooming amidst the stark winter when other flowers have wilted, endures the cold, symbolizing the Chinese nation’s never-surrender spirit in the face of brutality. It provides spiritual enlightenment and aesthetic pleasure. Ideal for garden planting, bonsai, flower arranging, and artistic modeling, it’s a prized winter flower.

Wintersweet, with its fragrant and beautiful blossoms, is widely used in landscaping. Its roots and leaves can be used for medicinal purposes, helping regulate qi, relieve pain, dispel cold, and detoxify.

It can treat traumas, lower back pain, rheumatic numbness, colds, and bleeding from wounds; its flowers alleviate heat and promote salivation, relieving heart irritability, thirst, chest tightness; oil from its flower buds can be used for burns.

The flower can be used to extract a wax concentrate. It contains chemicals such as benzyl alcohol, benzyl acetate, linalool, mimosa flower alcohol, terpineol, indole, and the seeds contain wintersweet alkaloid.

54. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise, also known as Strelitzia, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Strelitziaceae family and is the city flower of Los Angeles.

The Bird of Paradise has large, beautiful leaves and remains evergreen throughout the year. Its flowers are unusual, resembling the head of a bird, and are beautiful and novel. It blooms in autumn and winter, with a blooming period of over 100 days. The plant’s elegant appearance offers a refreshing feeling and has a high ornamental value.

It can be potted for appreciation, used for decoration, to adorn courtyards, flower beds, and as a cut flower, it makes a fine addition to a vase.

55. Camellia

The Camellia, officially named “tea flower”, is a shrub or small tree of the Theaceae family and Camellia genus. As one of China’s traditional ornamental flowers, it ranks eighth among the “ten famous flowers” and is also one of the world’s valuable flowering plants. Camellias have leathery leaves that are either oval or elliptical, with serrated edges.

The front of the leaf is a glossy dark green, while the back is lighter. Its flowers are large, growing at the top of branches with 6-7 petals, mostly circular in shape.

Its blooming period is long, from October to May of the following year, with the peak blooming time usually between January and March.

56. Dahlia

The Dahlia, also known as the Dali Flower, Aztec Peony, Oriental Chrysanthemum, and Dahlietta, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family and Dahlia genus.

Known for its many colorful and diverse flowers, it’s recognized as one of the world’s famous flowers. Dahlia plants are about 1.5 meters high with opposite leaves that are pinnately compound. They have large tuberous roots and erect stems with many branches.

Dahlia flowers, similar to the exquisite peony, come in red, yellow, orange, purple, white, and more, blooming from June to December.

There are over 30,000 Dahlia varieties, making it one of the species with the most flower varieties in the world.

57. Hong Kong Orchid Tree

The Hong Kong Orchid Tree, also known as the Red Bauhinia, is different from the Bauhinia of the Fabaceae family, even though they share a common name.

The Hong Kong Orchid Tree is an evergreen tree of the Fabaceae family and Bauhinia genus, standing 6-10 meters tall. Its leaves are round, wide-oval, or kidney-shaped, but all are split in half at the top, resembling a cloven hoof.

The flowers are palm-sized, slightly fragrant, with five evenly arranged petals that are either red or pink. Its blooming period is from November to April of the following year.

58. Primrose

Also known as the Lesser Periwinkle or Cowslip, the Primrose is a biennial herbaceous plant of the Primulaceae family and Primula genus. Primrose leaves are clustered, with leaf blades ranging from ovate to elliptical or orbicular.

The leaf margins have irregular small teeth, and leaf stems are covered with multicellular soft hairs. The flower stalk can reach up to 40 cm in height with an umbel-like inflorescence. The petals are either pink, light blue-violet, or nearly white.

The fruit is spherical. The Primrose blooms in early spring, from February to May, offering a rich variety of colors and a long blooming period, making it highly ornamental.

59. Daffodil

The Daffodil, also known as Narcissus or Chinese Daffodil, is a variety of the Multi-flowered Narcissus, a perennial herbaceous plant of the Amaryllidaceae family and Narcissus genus.

It’s a traditional ornamental flower and one of the “Ten Famous Flowers” in China, with a cultivation history of more than a thousand years. Daffodils usually bloom at the turn of winter and spring, presenting small, delicate, and elegantly simple flowers.

Their umbel-like flowers consist of six white petals that turn goose yellow at the ends, offering a detached elegance. Though the plant’s juice is poisonous and needs to be handled with care, daffodils have medicinal value.

60. Magnolia

The Magnolia, also known as the White Magnolia or Magnolia denudata, is a deciduous tree of the Magnoliaceae family and Magnolia genus.

It’s a famous flowering plant in China and a renowned ornamental tree species worldwide. Magnolia trees can grow up to 25 meters in height, with a trunk diameter of 1 meter, and its branches spread out to form a broad canopy.

The leaves are papery, and either ovate or oval in shape. The flowers, which bloom before the leaves appear, are white and bloom in February-March (though often have a second blooming period in July-September).

Magnolia flowers greatly resemble lotus flowers, and when they are in full bloom, their petals spread in all directions, filling the courtyard with white patches of light, making them highly ornamental.

Additionally, their fragrance is refreshing and soothing, making them an ideal choice for beautifying courtyards.