A Flower in the Shape of a Star

A Flower in the Shape of a Star: 30+ Flowers to Brighten Up Your Garden

A star, often associated with dreams, hopes, wonder, and mystique, radiates a different kind of energy and attraction whenever it’s seen in the sky. In the floral world, having star-shaped flowers brings a similar night-sky charm into the garden, their fascinating shapes capturing eyes and hearts alike.

From everyday garden varieties to exotic flowers, let’s delve into the world of star-shaped blooms and explore over thirty species that could add a touch of celestial delight to your garden.

Garden Stars: Popular Star-Shaped Flowers

There are countless star-shaped flowers that generally gardeners prefer for their familiarity and ease of growth. They add an element of charm and whimsy to any garden. Here are some of them:

  1. Ipomoea quamoclit (Cypress Vine): Known for its feathery foliage and fiery-red star-shaped flowers, this climbing vine is a favorite among hummingbirds.
  2. Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine): This Jasmine variety is adorned with clusters of star-shaped pinkish-white fragrant flowers.
  3. Allium (Ornamental Onion): Alliums produce globe-like clusters of star-shaped flowers, adding architectural interest to the garden.
  4. Passiflora caerulea (Blue Passion Flower): Apart from being a vigorous climber, this Passion Flower variety is also esteemed for its white and blue unique star-shaped flowers.
  5. Solandra maxima (Cup of Gold Vine): A climbing vine with large, drooping star-shaped flowers. The blooms are golden yellow and fragrance-filled.
  6. Hosta (Plantain Lily): Mostly grown for their attractive foliage, Hostas also produce stems of bell-shaped to starry white or lavender flowers in the summer.

Enchanting Wild Stars

Growing wild and free, these plants sport star-shaped flowers as exciting as their cultivated counterparts.

  1. Trientalis borealis (Starflower): A delicate perennial with tiny, seven-pointed star-shaped flowers that grow wild in North American forests.
  2. Zigadenus elegans (Mountain Death Camas): Despite the name, this wildflower is quite a beauty with its tall spikes covered in creamy-white star-shaped flowers.
  3. Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Stars): Native to North America, Shooting Stars develop umbels of unique, pendant, star-shaped flowers that curve backwards, pointing their tips upwards much like a shooting star.
  4. Silene stellata (Starry Campion): This Eastern U.S. native thrives in woodland conditions, with bright clusters of inviting, star-shaped flowers.

Exotic & Unusual Stars

For a touch of the extraordinary, consider these exotic, star-shaped beauties.

  1. Stapelia gigantea (Starfish Flower): Native to South Africa, this succulent plant is known for its large, starfish-shaped flowers. However, beware the strong, undesirable smell the bloom emits to attract pollinators!
  2. Tacca chantrieri (Black Bat Flower): This unusual flower sports black, star-shaped blooms with long ‘whiskers,’ giving it its common name.
  3. Brunsvigia orientalis (Candelabra Flower): Producing a stunning display of red or pink star-like flowers arranged in a large, spherical umbel, this South African native is a real head-turner.
  4. Passiflora alata (Winged-Stem Passionflower): This intriguing climber carries crimson star-shaped flowers, loved for their vibrant colors and exotic appearance.
  5. Dracaena marginata (Dragon Tree): Although commonly grown for its attractive, strappy leaves, Dragon Tree also produces clusters of star-shaped white or yellow flowers when mature and under right conditions.

Stars of the Shade

Star-shaped flowers aren’t just for sunny sites. These shade-loving stars can illuminate the darker corners of your garden.

  1. Hydrangea seemanii: This evergreen, climbing Hydrangea sports star-shaped white flowers which contrast beautifully against its leathery foliage.
  2. Impatiens walleriana (Busy Lizzie): Known for their shade tolerance and continuous flowering, Busy Lizzies bear star-shaped flowers in various colors.
  3. Begonia: Many Begonias, like the ‘Star Begonia,’ display star-shaped blooms in various bright and pastel shades.
  4. Campanula poscharskyana (Serbian Bellflower): This spreading perennial lights up the shade with its sea of star-shaped, bluish-purple flowers.

Tropical Stars

Attract tropical vibes into your garden with these star-shaped flowers from the warmer parts of the world.

  1. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Tropical Hibiscus): These sun-loving shrubs bring out large, vibrant star-shaped flowers that can bloom year-round in tropical climates.
  2. Mandevilla spp.: Known for their climbing habit, Mandevillas produce trumpet-shaped flowers that appear star-shaped when viewed from the front.
  3. Bauhinia (Orchid Tree): So-named for its orchid-like blooms, many Bauhinia species like Bauhinia variegata and Bauhinia blakeana have large, fragrant, star-shaped flowers.
  4. Ipomoea purpurea (Morning Glory): These fast-growing climbers offer various star-shaped flowers in radiant colors, opening in the morning sunlight.

Bulbs and Corms that Star

Bulb and corm plantings light up seasons with their star-shaped flowers and are convenient since they can be planted at various times of the year.

  1. Crocus: An early bloomer, Crocus’s star-shaped flowers often pop up while the snow is still on the ground, heralding the approaching spring.
  2. Ipheion uniflorum (Spring Starflower): Each stem carries a single star-shaped flower, opening late winter to early spring.
  3. Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill): This bulbous perennial has charming droopy, star-shaped flowers in a bright blue hue.
  4. Tulipa clusiana (Lady Tulip): Unlike the standard tulip shape, the Lady Tulip brandishes star-shaped flowers in pink or white with a crimson exterior.
  5. Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell): A spring favorite, Bluebells produce delicate pendulous star-shaped blue flowers, fitting perfectly in woodland gardens.

Delicate Perennial and Annual Stars

These delicate star-shaped flowers, whether perennial or annual, are eye-catching additions to the garden.

  1. Petunia: From trailing to mounding varieties, Petunias offer a plethora of star-shaped flowers in vibrant colors all summer long.
  2. Pentas lanceolata (Star Cluster): As the name suggests, this plant bears clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers and is a great butterfly attractor.
  3. Gomphrena globosa (Globe Amaranth): Although known for its globe-shaped flower heads, if you look closely, each flower head is made up of many tiny star-shaped flowers.
  4. Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus): Lisianthus flowers come in purple, pink, white, and bicolors with a mesmerizing star shape, and apart from being a garden star, they are a popular choice in floristry.
  5. Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes): These adorable, low-growing annuals are smothered in sky-blue star-shaped flowers, providing a charming ground cover or edging for garden beds.


The world of star-shaped flowers is vast and varied, from shade-loving, tiny blossoms to large, sun-loving blooms calling for attention in the tropical sun. Including some in your garden or indoor collection is a celestial treat to the senses, hoping to illustrate that the charm of the midnight sky can also be captured during daylight by these star-shaped parades within petals’ reach.






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