10 White Flowers That Look Like Roses

Roses are among the most popular flower species on the planet, as there are hundreds of natural species that belong to the Rosa Genus as well as tens of thousands of man-developed varieties. 

Additionally, there are plenty of white flowers that look like roses out there, and in today’s article, we’ll walk you through all these species. So without further ado, let’s dive in and see what each of these flower species is all about!

1. Double Impatiens

Kicking off the list with one of the most popular flower species that look like roses. The plant is originally native to the island of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. 

Regular Impatiens (also known as “Touch-Me-Not”) feature overlapped petals and come in various colors, but they don’t quite look like a rose.

However, the extra petals in white Double Impatiens add a lot of volume to the flower, which gives the same iconic look as roses, especially if you’re looking for a flower that requires partial or full shade to thrive.

In fact, the ripe seed pods of the flower will rupture or burst open when exposed to the sun, which is why the flower symbolizes impatience, although it can be a symbol of motherly love.

These flowers are botanically known as “Impatiens walleriana”, and they come in plenty of colors, including white, red, purple, rose, pink, and deep orange.

2. Camellias

Camellias (known scientifically as Camellia Japonica) are flowering evergreen shrubs that bloom with lovely flowers of various colors. The plant’s geographic origin is in East Asia, particularly China, Korea, and Japan.

These attractive flowers are known for their heavy petaled structures that have a lovely look that earned them a place among the most beautiful flowers in the world.

The popular flower comes in various blooms, also semi-double ones are the closest to roses. You can find Camellias in a few colors, including various shades of rose, white, and red.

The flower has been a part of wedding ceremonies for centuries, and therefore, they’re a symbol of passion and love. Make sure that you keep the flower in partial shade 

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3. Gardenia

Gardenia is not a species, but a large genus of flowering plants that belong to the Rubiaceae family, the same family the coffee plant belongs to.

The plant is originally native to tropical/subtropical regions in various parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, and various islands in the Pacific ocean.

The flowers of this genus are usually arranged in overlapped whirls, similar to that of roses, and it’s very easy to mistake it for one.

They’re mostly white in color. However, there are various species of Gardenia that feature shades of violet, pink, red, and yellow.

The flowers thrive in partial shade and have a characteristic fragrance that makes them great indoor plants. Thanks to their white color, they symbolize peace, trust, hope, and protection.

4. Dianthus

Purple dianthus

Dianthus is a large genus of flowering plants that is known for its lovely blooms that are known for their fringed petals and attractive colors.

While there are plenty of dianthus species that look like roses, such as carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus), you can also find many rose look-alikes in the double dianthus section.

Although double dianthus is mostly violet, the flower exists in a huge range of colors, including white, pink, yellow, and red in addition to many bi-colored varieties.

The flowering perennials are originally native to Europe and Asia where it thrives on full sun exposure to partial shade, but make sure that you protect them from the wind.

Since the flower comes in various shapes, it has different meanings. However, the most common ones are gratitude, admiration, and love.

5. Lisianthus

Lisianthus can be quite a mouthful, which is why this plant goes by many common names, such as “Eustoma” and “Prairie Gentian”.

Although purple is the most popular color of Lisianthus flowers, the small genus comes in a few more colors, such as white, faint rose, cream, and greenish white, in addition to bi-colors.

Like the common Gentian, this plant is also native to the mildly warm regions of North and Central America, so intense heat prevents the flower from blooming.

White Lisianthus is commonly used in wedding decorations as an alternative to white roses due to extreme similarities. It’s also a widely popular symbol of appreciation and admiration.

6. Double Tulips

Tulips are popular perennial flowering plants that bloom in spring and are characterized by their cup-shaped flowers. 

These plants were originally native to West Asia, particularly Kazakhstan, and they were introduced to the world during the late 16th century. It was also during that time that they reached the Netherlands and became a world-class flower in decorations.

While regular tulips may look highly identifiable and distinguishable from roses, the double tulips varieties are surprisingly similar in terms of looks.

Double tulips also come in a huge variety of colors, such as white, orange, pink, rose, red, yellow, purple, and more! 

Additionally, the flowers come in several sizes and bloom for a relatively long time, although they thrive in full sun exposure.

Ideally, Tulips will generally symbolize the perfection of love. However, different colors and species of the Tulip may have their own interpretation. For example, white tulips typically symbolize peace, rebirth, wisdom, and purity.

7. Persian Buttercup

White Ranunculus Flower

Ranunculus, also known as “Buttercups” is one of the most popular species of flowers, thanks to its iconic multi-petaled look and pom-pom appearance. However, the genus includes up to 600 species, and some of them are not similar to roses in any way.

With that said, there’s a particular species of Buttercups that is very similar to roses in terms of look. This one is known as the “Persian Buttercup” or scientifically as “Ranunculus asiaticus”.

While the name suggests that the flower is originally native to Southwestern Asia only, it’s also native to northeastern Africa and southeastern Europe.

The Persian Buttercup comes in a wide variety of colors, such as white, off-white, red, pink, orange, and yellow. The herbaceous perennial plant thrives in full sun exposure and blooms throughout spring and summer.

The flower is known for being a fast grower as well, which is capable of reaching a height of about 1 to 2 feet with heavy branching in little time. It’s also a hardy plant that can tolerate light frost and temperatures as low as -12 degrees F (-10 degrees C).

Due to the popularity of the plant, there are many varieties and cultivars of the plant. The popular ones are “Pot Dwarf”, “Bloomingdale”, and “Picotee”.

8. Double Begonias

Begonia is another genus that includes a huge variety of flower species. In fact, some reports believe that there are more than 2,000 species of flowers that belong to this genus!

While not all Begonia flowers are similar to roses, the double varieties of this flower have a lot in common with the iconic features of roses, especially the eye-catching overlapped petals.

The genus is originally native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South America, particularly the Brazilian Amazon and the surrounding area.

Both regular and double begonia come in almost all colors imaginable. However, the most popular colors are right, white, yellow, orange, pink, and purple.

As a result, different colors will usually have different interpretations and significance when it comes to symbolism. With that said, begonias are considered traditional symbols of harmony, caution, and gratitude.

9. Peonies

Beautiful white peonies close up

Peonies are unique flowers that belong to the genus Paeonia. Unlike many flowers on the list, there isn’t a huge variety of species when it comes to Peonies, as there are only around 25 to 40 species all over the world. 

Despite having a limited number of species, peonies are among the most popular alternatives to roses because some of the species are very similar in shape, especially when the flower blooms fully.

These perennial flowers are originally native to Europe and Asia as well as some areas in North America. They enjoy full sun exposure to partial shade and they’re quite adaptable to different types of soil.

Peonies come in various colors, such as pink, white, red, orange, and yellow, with some varieties changing colors as they bloom! The flower is a traditional symbol of beauty, wealth, happiness, and goodwill.

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10. Moss Rose Purslane

The Moss Rose Purslane is the only succulent on our list. This relatively rare flowering plant is originally native to South America, so it thrives in tropical and subtropical conditions.

Despite having the word rose in its name, it’s not actually a rose, but it belongs to the Purslane genus of the Portulacaceae family.

The plant is scientifically known as “Portulaca grandiflora”, but it goes by various common names, such as Eleven o’clock, Rock Rose, and Mexican Rose.

Wrap Up: White Flowers That Look Like Roses

This concludes today’s guide about all the white flower species that look like roses, so you can add them to your floral collection or decoration.

As you can see, there are plenty of species that fit the bill, whether you’re looking for natural species or man-developed cultivars.