If someone were to ask you to name a flower that starts with J, your first guess would probably be Jasmine. Easy enough, right? Yet, do you know of any other flower names that begin with the letter J?
You’re not alone on this front. Our world is vast, and it’s filled with beautiful fauna and flora in all shapes, colors, and sizes. With thousands upon thousands of flower species, how can you possibly keep track?
That’s why we decided to break them up into categories. So, today, we’re focusing on some popular flower names that begin with the letter J.
Let’s get started.
Flowers are only one part of the diverse wildlife that makes up our planet’s unique landscape. Yet, they make up such a significant portion of our ecosystem that we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of flowering plants and shrubs found worldwide.
That made it even more challenging to narrow down our list to just 15 flower species. So, we decided to highlight only the more common varieties. Still, they were too many to count.
That’s when we agreed to narrow it down even more. This way, we’d be able to focus only on the plants that you can easily grow and maintain in your backyard or home garden.
Then, just to make things a bit interesting, we listed them in reverse alphabetical order. Take a look.
1. Jumbie Bean
Jumbie Bean plants, Leucaena leucocephala, are as fun and adorable as they sound. They grow profusely when placed in direct sunlight. Yet, they don’t have a particular preference when it comes to watering and can handle a variety of soil conditions.
These Mexic-native trees bear round, white flowers with a tinge of pale yellow. Despite being low-maintenance, they tend to be invasive and can spread quickly if not pruned regularly.
Jonquil flowers indicate only one type of plant that falls under the botanical name, Narcissus. However, all daffodils fall under that same category. So, are jonquils and daffodils the same thing? Here’s a quick way we can clear up any confusion: all jonquils are daffodils. However, not all daffodils are jonquils.
With their thick, dark green stems and bright, golden yellow flowers, you can expect jonquils to bloom in the springtime. Sometimes, they even bear up to five flowers per stem when the conditions are right.
3. Johnny Jump Ups
You’re probably wondering, ‘Where did they get a funny-sounding name like that?’ The truth is we’re not entirely sure. Nevertheless, these adorable plants are as cute as they come.
An ancestor of our modern pansy flower, these plants bloom a beautiful range of bright colored flowers. Yet, Johnny Jump Ups, or Viola tricolor, are more tolerant of hot weather and dry soil than pansies. Plus, they produce more flowers per plant, making them one of the cheeriest plants in your garden come springtime!
4. Joe Pye Weed
Here’s an interesting tidbit: the Eutrochium purpureum isn’t a weed at all! It’s more of a shrub that blooms some of the most unique-looking blooms you’ll ever see. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also produce a sweet-smelling vanilla aroma.
It’s believed that they were initially named after the man who used these lush plants to treat people suffering from typhus fever. Since then, their uses have extended to producing textile dyes in various shades of pink and red.
5. Jewel Orchid
The Jewel Orchid, Ludisia discolor, is not like other orchids you’ve seen. For starters, it’s native to Southeast Asia but seems to prefer indirect light year-round, even if it’s just a fluorescent bulb. In addition, this tropical plant is prized for its dark green foliage, which can fade and wilt if placed in direct sunlight.
From its lush leaves grow tall, cream-colored flower spikes. Sometimes only one flower blooms; other times, multiple flower spikes may appear together in a cluster that can reach up to 24 inches high. The downside is that the flowers will only bloom for a few weeks during the summer.
The Jessamine plant, Cestrum, blooms with white flowers with spiky stamens. They bear a slight resemblance to the Jasmine flower, but they’re much more prominent in size. Another difference is that the blossoms aren’t just white; they come in a variety of colors, like red, purple, and lavender.
Jessamine flowers are usually replaced with a yellow-colored berry that grows in their place. Yet, they’re toxic if consumed. So, if you ever decide to grow Jessamines in your garden, make sure you keep away young children and pets.
Even if you’ve never done any gardening before, you’ve probably heard of the Jasmine, Jasminum officinale, flower. These delicate white flowers are only an inch wide, but they’re capable of producing an exotic aroma that wafts and spreads in the air.
The most common variety is actually a vine that can climb up to 40 feet, sometimes more when the conditions are right. You can also grow this evergreen perennial indoors, as long as you place them somewhere that gets plenty of bright light. Just be prepared to offer the growing vines some kind of support structure, like a fence or a trellis.
8. Japanese Spurge
The Pachysandra terminalis are shrubby evergreen plants that usually grow low on the ground, forming a lush carpet of rich green foliage. They can grow to an average height of about 6–12 inches and are known to produce small, spiky white blossoms that appear in the early spring.
These plants prefer areas that get partial to deep shade over direct sunlight. Still, they can handle dry soil conditions with no problem. Nevertheless, you should always try to keep their soil moist and damp to the touch.
9. Japanese Lantern
While it doesn’t quite like a lantern, the Physalis alkekengi has an elegant appeal. With its pale white petals, soft yellow stigmas, and deep-green leaves, this plant is simply breathtaking.
They reach a height of just under two feet. Yet, don’t let their small stature fool you. Japanese Lanterns are known for their aggressive streak. When given the chance, they’ll spread quickly, which is why they require frequent pruning.
10. Japanese Iris
The Japanese Iris, Iris ensata, is one of the most delicate flowers on our list. It grows to an average of about 2–4 feet and comes in an abundance of colors, with lavender and pink being the two most common.
These hardy flowering plants do well in full sun. At the same time, they’re water-lovers and seem to thrive in wet conditions. So, keep the soil moist at all times. You can even leave them in standing water during the hot summer months.
11. Japanese Anemone
Japanese Anemone, Eriocapitella hybrida, are flowering plants that grow bright colored blooms in the late summer months and throughout the fall. The daisy-like flowers are a couple of inches wide and come in an array of shades, including white, pink, and lavender.
Standing at about 3–4 feet, the slender stems of the Japanese Anemone grow clusters of single, semi-double, or double blossoms. Despite their graceful appearance, these flowers can cause skin inflammations if touched.
12. Jamesia Americana
Also known as the waxflower, the Jamesia Americana is native to the regions of the southwest United States. As a result, it’s grown accustomed to hot climates, dry soil, and even droughts.
This flowering shrub can grow anywhere between 3 to 6 feet high. This nice average height makes it suitable for growing in planters. Then, when temperatures drop, you can bring it indoors.
13. Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s Ladder, Polemonium caeruleum, is a gorgeous blue flower with bright yellow stamens that stick out in the middle. These delicate flowers do better when planted in the shade. In fact, the deeper the shade, the happier they’ll be.
These plants grow to about 1.5–2 feet tall. Plus, they’re self-seeding. So, just plant them once, then leave them, and they’ll do the rest.
Native to tropical areas of Central and South America, the Jacaranda is the name of both the tree and the flower it produces. The tree is known for its dense, dark green foliage, while the flowers are a beautiful shade of purplish-blue.
These vivid flowers have no problem being in the full sun all day, as long as their soil is nice and moist. Of course, you can always grow the tree itself indoors, but, chances are, it won’t flower.
The Jaborosa integrifolia is a member of the nightshade family of flowers. There are nearly 23 species of Jaborosas that grow to an average height of six inches. Most species are native to Argentina and a couple of other South American countries.
Jaborosas can handle the sun quite well, but they do better in partial shade. These vivid white flowers have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years as a topical cream. Yet, they can be highly toxic if consumed.
There you have it! Our list of 15 of the most beautiful and unique flowers that start with J.
All are pretty much easy to care for and maintain in your garden. So, no matter which one you choose, you can be certain they’ll brighten up your garden and put a smile on your face.
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