12 Flowers That Start with Letter V (From Verbena to Valerian)

Brock Ingham

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Brock Ingham

Vibrant, voluptuous flowers and verdant foliage are vital to even the most endearing of gardens. Vegetation vibrating with vitality and vigor brings value to valleys and villas alike. No need to be vague or vapid – each bloom is valuable to your garden design and function.

Valerian 1
Red Valerian

I’m voyaging through all my favorite flowers letter by letter, and I’ve reached the letter ‘V’.

List of flowers A-Z


1. Verbena (Glandularia Canadensis)


Also known as Rose Vervain, this native Verbena is a beautiful wildflower that produces playful clusters of star-shaped purple flowers. It’s an excellent choice for rock gardens and borders, as it will happily put down root anywhere a stem touches the soil. They’re also excellent for pollinator gardens due to their late blooming and abundant flowers.

Botanical Name:Glandularia Canadensis
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:United States
Hardiness Zones:5 to 9
Soil Needs:All types when adequate drainage is provided.
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring to fall
Verbena Growing Guide Chart

2. Viburnum (Viburnum suspensum)


Viburnum is a dense shrub-like tree with white flowers from the southwestern islands of Japan. It forms fantastic, fragrant hedges, scattered with small groups of pure white petals. They can reach up to twelve feet tall if left to their own devices, so prune each spring to keep them in check.

Botanical Name:Viburnum suspensum
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Southwestern Japan
Hardiness Zones:8a to 11b
Soil Needs:Slightly acidic, moist, but well-drained soil
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Late winter to spring
Viburnum Growing Guide Chart

3. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells

The Virginia Bluebell grows quickly but dies back just as fast, spending much of their lives in a dormant state. When they do appear, they produce delicate pale blue flowers that hang like bells, as the name suggests. They make an excellent under-story plant and grow well with shallow-rooted annuals.

Botanical Name: Mertensia virginica
Growth Rate: Fast
Native Range: United States and Southern Canada
Hardiness Zones:5 to 8
Soil Needs:Organically rich, moist soil
Exposure:Partial to full shade.
Blooming Period:Spring to early summer
Virginia Bluebells Growing Guide Chart

4. Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana)

Virgins Bower
Virgin’s Bower

Virgin’s Bower is a vigorous flowering vine that will grow well in shade or full sun. Its white star-shaped blooms are much beloved by bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

Plants are either male or female, females produce seed but male plants are far showier, producing larger and more abundant flowers.

Botanical Name:Clematis virginiana
Growth Rate:Very fast
Native Range:Central and Eastern United States, Southern Canada
Hardiness Zones:6a to 8b
Soil Needs:Moist, organically rich soil.
Exposure:Full sun to deep shade
Blooming Period:Fall
Virgin’s Bower Growing Guide Chart

5. Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Vipers Bugloss
Viper’s Bugloss

Viper’s Bugloss is a type of borage, a purple flowering weedy shrub that takes two years to produce its long stalks of compact little blooms. The name Viper’s Bugloss comes from the shape of its seeds, which look something like the head of a viper. Presumably, this is why its roots were once used as a folk remedy to treat snake bites.

Botanical Name:Echium vulgare
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Europe and Asia
Hardiness Zones:4a to 8b
Soil Needs:All types including disturbed or rocky soils
Exposure:Full sun
Blooming Period:Spring through fall
Viper’s Bugloss Growing Guide Chart

6. Vetch (Vicia Sativa)


Vetch is a climbing vine that produces small pairs of purple double-lobed flowers, much like a sweet pea. Both are part of the bean family and can fix nitrogen in the soil. The young leaves are edible and popular food for any herbivorous browser looking for a snack. Vetch also made it to the top of my list of purple wildflowers.

Botanical Name:Vicia Sativa
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:North Africa, Western Asia and Europe
Hardiness Zones:2a to 10b
Soil Needs: Loamy, sandy soils
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring
Vetch Growing Guide Chart

7. Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)

Virginia Spiderwort
Virginia Spiderwort

Virginia spiderwort is a lively creeping plant with sweet triangular flowers in a bright, rich purple. Like most spiderworts, it loves cool conditions and damp gardens, so it’s a good choice for rain gardens, ponds, or in other wet areas of the garden.

Botanical Name:Tradescantia virginiana
Growth Rate:Moderate
Native Range:Eastern and Central United States
Hardiness Zones:4a to 9b
Soil Needs:Prefers organically rich soil but tolerates most soils
Exposure:Full sun to full shade
Blooming Period:Spring to early fall
Virginia Spiderwort Growing Guide Chart

8. Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

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Violet Wood Sorrel

Violet wood sorrel is a dainty pink bloomer that grows like a weed with broad, tall stemmed leaves. It typically reaches half a foot high, with its little mauve flowers growing slightly taller. The leaves of the plant are edible, though don’t overdo it. Too much can cause kidney issues due to the presence of oxalate crystals in the leaves.

Botanical Name:Oxalis violacea
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:United States
Hardiness Zones:5 to 9
Soil Needs: Moist, well-draining soils
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring
Violet Wood Sorrel Growing Guide Chart

9. Violet (Viola)

Violet 1

What we call violets are a family of almost 600 species that span the globe. It means that no matter your conditions, there’s a violet to suit your garden.

In fact, I’ve spotted wild violet pop up in all corners of my garden boundaries it starts off looking like a weed but given a chance will reward you with deep purple blooms. All species share similar, delicate flowers.

They’re an endearing deep purple, with the blooms held aloft above clusters of glossy deep green leaves.

Botanical Name:Viola spp.
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Global
Hardiness Zones:1a to 10b
Soil Needs:Organically rich, loamy soil
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring
Violet Growing Guide Chart

10. Vanda Orchid (Vanda coerulea)

Vanda Orchid
Vanda Orchid

The striking Vanda Orchid is a vibrant addition to your indoor collection. They produce otherworldly blue flowers in bracts of four or five and are often cross-bred to add blue color to other orchid cultivars. They like cooler temperatures than most orchids, and while they will bloom better with bright light avoid direct sun.

Botanical Name:Vanda coerulea
Growth Rate:Slow
Native Range:Northeast India and Southern China
Hardiness Zones:10-11
Soil Needs:Epiphytic, do not plant in soil
Exposure:Bright, indirect light
Blooming Period:No fixed period; blooms 4 to 5 times a year in ideal conditions
Vanda Orchid Growing Guide Chart

11. Velvet Flower (Amaranthus caudatus)

Velvet Flower
Velvet Flower

Also known as Love-lies-bleeding or tassel flower, the red velvet perennial flower produces astonishing draped scarlet flower displays that make me think of fox tails. They retain their color and beauty when dried, perfect for dry arrangements. However, it’s worth letting them go to seed, as the seeds are very nutritious and flavorful.

Botanical Name:Amaranthus caudatus
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Peru
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Soil Needs:Tolerates most soils with good drainage
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Summer to winter
Velvet Flower Growing Guide Chart

12. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian 2

Valerian is a popular herb that produces dense sprays of tiny but powerfully fragrant white blooms. Pollinators love it, and so do herbalists. The root has been dried and used in medicines for centuries, most notably as a sleep aid

. Use it carefully, as it can cause liver problems if the dose is too high and it can interfere with other medication. It’s also invasive, so be as mindful planting as you are using it for a restful night’s sleep.

Botanical Name:Valeriana officinalis
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Europe, Western Asia
Hardiness Zones:4 to 7
Soil Needs: Prefers rich, moist loam but will tolerate most soils
Exposure:Full sun
Ease of Care:Moderate
Valerian Growing Guide Chart

Final thoughts

Let me raise my voice in voluble praise for each shrinking violet and vibrant vetch in the green veld of my garden. Their velvety folds and vigorous foliage are worthy of reverence, season to season.

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