11 Flowers That Start with Q (The Queens of All Flowers)

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Brock Ingham
Brock Ingham

It’s quite quaint to see how many quality blossoms are crowned ‘queen’. Many are quantifiable invasive or qualify by right of questionable quirks or vast quantities of seeds. Quizzical to be sure, but these Queens still reign from quilted meadows to quaggier quarters.

Purpe Queen Fabiola Flowers
Purple Queen Fabiola Flowers

I’m questing through the queue of my most quintessential flowering plants, and I’ve come to quiescence on the letter ‘Q’.

List of flowers A-Z

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1. Queens Crown (Zephyranthes)

Queens Crown
Pink blooms of the Queens Crown flower

Lucky gardeners in warmer climes sometimes find new blooms of the Queens Crown appearing after spring rains. It earns these sweet flowers one of their common names – rain lily. Each plant sports a single delicate blossom, which depending on the individual species may be white, pink, red or orange.

Botanical Name:Zephyranthes
Growth Rate:Slow
Native Range:Southern United States
Hardiness Zones:7b to 11
Soil Needs:Most types including wet soils
Exposure:Partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring through fall
Water needs:Low to moderate. Drought resistant
Queens Crown Growing Guide Chart

2. Queen’s Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa)

Queens Crape Myrtle
Pink clusters of Queen’s Crape Myrtle flowers

A Queen’s Crape Myrtle in the full flush of flowers is a spectacular sight. These pink flowering trees reach up to fifty or sixty feet in height, with each branch and twig covered in large, almost fluorescent pink or purple flowers. In some forms of Buddhism, it’s said the eleventh Buddha received their Enlightenment beneath its flourishing blooms.

Botanical Name:Lagerstroemia speciosa
Growth Rate:Slow
Native Range:Tropical South Asia
Hardiness Zones:10b to 11b
Soil Needs:All soil types when adequate drainage provided
Exposure:Full sun
Blooming Period:Summer
Water needs:Low to moderate
Queen’s Crape Myrtle Growing Guide Chart

3. Queen’s Wreath (Antigonon leptopus)

Queens Wreath
Flowering Queen’s Wreath vine with pink flowers

Also known as Chain of Love for its heart-shaped leaves, the Queen’s Wreath is a creeping vine that produces dustings of delicate pink blooms that cluster fetchingly along its length. It grows vigorously, so wary of where you plant. In some areas it’s classed as an invasive weed and is illegal to grow.

Botanical Name: Antigonon leptopus
Growth Rate: Fast
Native Range: Central America
Hardiness Zones:8a to 11b
Soil Needs:Tolerates most soils
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring to Fall
Water needs:Moderate; Drought resistant when established
Queen’s Wreath Growing Guide Chart

4. Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

Queen of the Night
White night blooming Queen of the Night

The wide, fragrant blooms of the Queen of the Night are the product of an especially strange cactus. They’re a tropical rainforest plant, more at home climbing a tree than sunning itself in the desert. Get to grips with its unique needs and you’ll be rewarded with a one-night-only show of ghostly white blossoms opening in the moonlight.

Botanical Name:Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Southern Mexico and Central America
Hardiness Zones:10a to 12b
Soil Needs:Well draining, organically rich sandy or loamy soils
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring to summer
Water needs:Moderate
Queen of the Night Growing Guide Chart

5. Queens Cup (Clintonia uniflora)

Queens Cup
White Queen’s Cup flowers with wet leaves after rain

A long-lived but very dainty little plant, the Queens Cup lily is a low-growing wildflower that produces delicate pale white star-shaped flowers. When grown from seed, they can take up to years to flower and will live almost thirty years if cared for well.

Botanical Name:Clintonia uniflora
Growth Rate:Slow
Native Range:Mountainous regions of western North America
Hardiness Zones:4 to 8
Soil Needs:Organically rich, moist loamy soils
Exposure:Partial to full shade
Blooming Period:Spring to summer
Water needs:Moderate to high
Queen’s Cup Growing Guide Chart

6. Queen Fabiola (Triteleia laxa)

Queen Fabiola
Close up of purple Queen Fabiola flowers

American native bees love the mauve triple blossoms of the Queen Fabiola lily. They’re drought resistant and make an excellent addition to wildflower displays or pollinator gardens.

Botanical Name:Triteleia laxa
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Northern California
Hardiness Zones:5a to 9b
Soil Needs:Moderate, provide dry soil after blooming
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring to summer
Water needs:Moderate, provide dry soil in after blooming
Queen Fabiola Growing Guide Chart

7. Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)

Queen of the Prairie
Pink Queen of the Prairie flowers

The rosy, frothy flowers of the Queen of the Prairie grow tall and elegantly above a sprawling tangle of sleek green leaves. They’re a truly regal bloom, fragrant and dazzling to butterflies and bees, and are well suited to rain gardens and wildflower beds as they bloom all summer long.

Botanical Name:Filipendula rubra
Growth Rate:Moderate
Native Range:Eastern United States
Hardiness Zones:3 to 8
Soil Needs: Rich soils with abundant organic matter
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Summer
Water needs:Moderate to high
Queen of the Prairie Growing Guide Chart

8. Queen’s Tears (Billbergia nutans)

Queens Tears
Drooping green and blue Queen’s Tears flowers

So abundant is the nectar of this plant that it drips from the flowers if they are touched, giving it the name Queen’s Tears. It’s a bromeliad with a long elegant cluster of triple-colored flowers.

Most are green pink and purple, with a fetching magenta sheath from which the flowers sprout. It’s also known as the Friendship Plant, because it pups with such frequency there’s always enough to go round.

Botanical Name:Billbergia nutans
Growth Rate:Slow
Native Range:Southern Brazil
Hardiness Zones:8a to 11
Soil Needs:Loose, free-draining soils
Exposure:Partial sun to full shade
Blooming Period:Summer
Water needs:Moderate to high
Queen’s Tears Growing Guide Chart

9. Quince flower (Chaenomeles speciosa)

Quince Flower
Red Quince Flower sping blooms

Also known as flowering quince, Chinese quince or Japanese quince is a beautiful red flowering tree that will bear fruit. This plant is an elegant shrub that can reach ten feet tall or more. It produces round open flowers in reds or pinks at the tips of its branches.

Each collection of six to twelve flowers generally appears before the leaves. It’s been known to flower as early as midwinter, though typically it starts its blooming season in spring.

Botanical Name:Chaenomeles speciosa
Growth Rate:Medium
Native Range:China
Hardiness Zones:4a to 8b
Soil Needs: Most types provided moisture is maintained
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Winter to spring
Water needs:Moderate
Quince Flower Growing Guide Chart

10. Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)

Queen Annes Lace
Close-up of white Queen Anne’s Lace flower

Often mistaken as a weed with white flowers, the Queen Anne’s Lace is well known and much beloved for its frothy clusters of tiny snow-white blooms. It’s a close relative of the carrot, with similar fine feathery leaves. It’s a common sight in many meadows and roadsides and serves as a food source for many caterpillars, butterflies, and bees.

Botanical Name:Daucus carota
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Europe
Hardiness Zones:4a to 11b
Soil Needs:All soil types
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Spring, second year only
Water needs:Low to moderate
Queen Anne’s Lace Growing Guide Chart

11. Queen of the Meadow (Filipendula ulmaria)

Queen of the Meadow
Queen of the Meadow white flowers

The Queen of the Meadow lives up to her name with vigorous growth and vivacious white bracts of tiny white flowers. It’s a favorite of pollinators, but be cautious when planting. It’s considered an invasive weed in many parts of the United States, a conqueror more than a queen.

Botanical Name:Filipendula ulmaria
Growth Rate:Fast
Native Range:Europe, Western Asia
Hardiness Zones:3 to 9
Soil Needs:All soil types provide moisture needs are met
Exposure:Full sun to partial shade
Blooming Period:Summer
Water needs:Moderate to high
Queen of the Meadow Growing Guide Chart

Final thoughts

Queenly Q blooms to quench a quiet desire. Their quality is beyond question, without quibbles or qualms. It’s worth a query to qualify the best bloom for your quarter!

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