10 Flowers That Look Like Roses

Did you know that there are over 150 species of Roses? They cover a large spectrum of colors and are an excellent addition to the collection of any flower lover. If you have a large garden, you may be tempted to fill all or most of it with Roses. Still, you’ll need other flowers for diversity.

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To do that, you’ll need flowers that look like Roses but aren’t Roses, flowers that won’t break the ongoing theme while still giving a sense of diversity. This is what we have for you today. We looked around and found you 10 flowers that look like Roses. Examples of such flowers are Begonias, Gardenias, Peonies, and more!

Additionally, some of these flowers can grow in areas of little Sunlight where Roses can’t. Let’s quickly look at the flowers that resemble the United States’ National Flower!

1.  Lisianthus

At first glance, you might actually mistake a Lisianthus flower for a rose; that’s how close this flower resembles a rose.

The color range is also another reason why many people might confuse the two flowers together. Lisianthus colors include white, pink, purple, blue, lilac, and salmon pink. You can easily find Roses of all of these colors.

One thing that differentiates between Roses and Lisianthus flowers is the petals. Unlike Roses, Lisianthus petals aren’t full of petals. Instead, you can clearly see the inner part of the flower, which is something you often can’t do with Roses.

Still, the petals look the same, and they also similarly overlap each other.

Lisianthus is a perennial plant which means that it can survive for several years if you take care of it. It blooms in spring and requires full Sun treatment to thrive.

Keep in mind that Lisianthus shrubs aren’t as big as Roses. That’s why they’re better suited to flower beds.

2.  Begonia

Begonias are among the most beautiful trailing plants that you can plant indoors. A trailing plant is one that has long trailing stems that can hang from baskets and pots. You need to have them above ground level to get the most out of their beauty.

Normal Begonias may not resemble Roses very much, but Double Begonias show a much better resemblance.

Double Begonias and Begonias are the same plants. The difference is that Begonias are planted from seeds while Double Begonias are the result of cuttings.

The color range of Begonias includes all the warm colors like yellow, orange, peach, and red. Sometimes they can be white as well.

Fun fact: There are over 2000 species of Begonias, making the Begonia genus one of the largest in the plant kingdom.

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3.  Camellia

Camellias’ petals may not overlap each other with the same intensity as Roses, but they’re still one of the most popular Roses substitutes.

Unlike Listhansus, Camellias’ petals hide the stamen (the middle part of the flower.) The shrubs also grow considerably bigger than Listhansus and quite close to Roses.

As a result, differentiating between a Rose and a Camillia of the same color can be challenging, which is exactly what we want for a substitute flower.

Speaking of colors, Camellias’ most abundant colors are red, pink, and white. To keep the color as rich as possible, keep your Camellias in partial shade.

Keep in mind that Camellias need acidic soil. In many cases, Camellia plant owners notice the yellow leaves and dry blooms and find no specific reason for that. The owners mistake the dryness for underwatering and end up drowning their plants with overwatering.

The solution in these cases is often a simple soil acidity check.

4.  Gardenia

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Gardenias are known for their beautiful, rich white color, which, if they are single-petalled, gives them a similar appearance to Jasmine.

Double petalled Gardenias is when the resemblance meter shifts from Jasmines to Roses.

Gardenias could either be rich white or rich yellow, but to keep that color from going pale, you need to prevent your Gardernias from direct exposure to the Sun.

Combine the acidic soil with partial Sun exposure, and you get a beautiful white flower that can grow in conditions where Roses can’t.

5.  Impatien

Impatiens are another example of flowers that generally look different than Roses, but they resemble them when they’re double-petaled.

Impatiens are adaptable flowers that can thrive in any kind of light treatment, whether full Sun, partial shade, or full shade.

They also come in similar shades to Roses which are white, pink, orange, and red.

The similar color range and the ability to adapt to any light treatment makes Impatiens one of the best replacement for Roses.

6.  Peony

Peonies, especially Herbaceous Peonies, are one of the most common flowers in American gardens. They can grow up to three feet high in the right conditions.

Peonies may not have the curved petals of Roses. Instead, their petals are somewhat irregular and pointy. However, their stuffy petals that hide the stamen are very similar in appearance to Roses.

The color range is also close. You have white, off-white, salmon, pink, purple, and deep red. You may even think Peonies and Roses are the same flowers from a distance.

You can easily plant Peonies in your garden and watch their beauty shine. However, make sure to keep your pets away from them as they are toxic, especially to dogs.

Fun fact: Peonies can live up to 100 years with proper care, making them one of the most long-lasting plants in the plant kingdom.

7.  Double Dianthus

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Unlike Peonies, Double Dianthus flowers resemble Roses both in the petal shape and stuffiness. They also boom beautifully in full Sun treatment, provided that the temperature and humidity aren’t too much.

The giveaway is the color pattern. Dianthus flowers may have a solid white, pink, or red color. These colors are still easy to find in Roses. But Dianthus can also have a mix of two colors in the same flower, which sets them apart from a distance.

The mix isn’t a two-tone or a blend between two colors. Instead, it’s more like stripes of an extra color near the ends of the petals.

Double Dianthus can grow up to 18 inches in height. You may need to support the plant with a stick or a fence to prevent the stems from bending and falling on the ground.

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8.  Dahli

If you look closely at Dahlias, you may not see a striking resemblance between them and Roses.

The pointy petals and the ball-like appearance of Dahlias may make you wonder why we placed them on our list.

It’s true; Dahlias often look like water lilies or some sort of fancy paper origami. Double Dahlias, however, is when the resemblance really shows.

Double Dahlias have incredible color grading patterns on their petals. You can see two-tone, overlapping colors, different colored petals — all in the same flower!

When you plant Double Dahlias in the corner of your garden, they can give a striking similarity to Roses, especially during their blooming seasons in summer and fall.

Much like Roses, Dahlias prefer direct Sunlight treatment. They also prefer balanced soil but can still survive in slightly acidic or alkaline soils.

9.  Carnation

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Carnations’ petals don’t just look like Roses’ stuffy petals; they overlap each other so much that you can tell the Carnations apart using the excessive petal stuffiness.

The petals are also somewhat more irregular than Roses, but other than that, the two flowers are identical, especially when they share the same color.

Carnations have a sweet scent and have various colors like red, yellow, blue, white, and even green. There are also some white striped variations.

Fun fact: some species of carnations like Gina Porto and Laced Romwe are used for medical purposes. They’re used to treat fever and stomach upset.

10. Ranunculus (Buttercup)

It’s difficult to have a list of flowers that look like Roses without including Ranunculus. Of all flowers that can resemble Roses, Buttercups are arguably the closest.

The scruffy petals give you that pompon-like shape that’s difficult to replicate, even for other flowers that feel like Roses.

Appearance isn’t the only thing that Buttercups stole from Roses. They also stole their color range. Some of the Buttercup colors you can find include yellow, orange, purple, pink, peach, and on rare occasions, blue.

Buttercups love the full Sun treatment. So, you can plant them alongside Roses without problems. They can also tolerate some partial shade, allowing them to bloom well in the shade Roses don’t like.

Final Thoughts

That was our list of flowers that look like Roses. Some of these flowers have a very close match of appearances, like Lisianthus and Buttercups, while others are easier to differentiate, like Peonies and Dahlias. 

Depending on your garden’s Sun exposure, your soil type, and your preferences, you should be able to find at least one or two flowers on our list that can replace Roses.