Add charm to your spring garden with elegant and colorful Purple Bulb flowers. Discover popular varieties like Dutch Iris, Crocus, Hyacinth, Allium, and Tulip, each offering their own unique beauty.
If you’re a fan of bold, vibrant blooms, you’ll love the Purple bulb flowers. The stunning blooms feature a range of hues, from deep, rich purples to lighter shades with hints of lavender or blue. Some popular purple flowering bulbs include Dutch Iris, Crocus, Hyacinth, and Allium. Without further ado here are the top picks for purple flower bulbs.
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1. Saffron Crocus
Botanical Name: Crocus sativus
The stamens of the crocus flower are used to produce saffron, an expensive spice, hence the name saffron crocus. The purple flowers usually have six petals arranged in a cup-like shape which contrasts well with the reddish-orange stigmas. It requires a period of cold dormancy during winter to stimulate flower bud formation.
Other popular Crocus are Purple crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) and Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus).
2. Amethyst Meadow Squill
Botanical Name: Scilla litardierei
Being the recipient of the Award of garden merit by the Royal horticultural society speaks volumes for this purple bulbous perennial. The flower stalks emerge from the center of the basal leaves and bear clusters of pendulous flowers with six petals, usually violet or purple. The flowers have a bell-shaped or star-shaped appearance!
3. Allium Purple Sensation
Botanical Name: Allium hollandicum ‘Purple sensation’
Another bulb-forming perennial on the list is the recipient of the Award of garden merit by the Royal horticultural society. Its striking, globe-shaped flowers are deep purple, meaning “Purple Sensation.” Perfectly round flowerheads are formed by many small star-shaped flowers with a rich purple color.
Globemaster (Allium giganteum) is another popular purple allium.
4. Queen of Night Tulip
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘queen of night’
‘Queen of Night’ is a popular tulip variety known for its deep, dark purple, almost black flowers. It is a single late tulip, which blooms towards the end of the tulip blooming season, usually in late spring. ‘Queen of Night’ tulips have a classic cup-shaped form with a velvety texture, making them highly sought after for their dramatic appearance.
Many other varieties of tulips come in shades of purple, ranging from deep violet to lavender.
5. Gladiator Allium
Botanical Name: Allium giganteum
The Gladiator allium is a tall and majestic ornamental plant that belongs to the family Amaryllidaceae. It can grow up to 3-4 feet tall, with a flower head that can reach a diameter of 6-8 inches. The flower stalks are sturdy and upright, holding the large spherical purple or violet flower clusters above the foliage.
6. Lavender Gem Calla Lily
Botanical Name: Zantedeschia ‘lavender gem’
The “Lavender Gem” calla lily features large, trumpet-shaped flowers with a distinctive lavender color. The flowers sit atop long, slender stems and are surrounded by glossy heart-shaped leaves with charming white or silver markings. Calla lilies are easy to grow and make fantastic additions to gardens, borders, or potted plants.
7. Dahlia Blue Bell
Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘blue bell’
Purple-blue flowers of dahlia blue are truly a sight to behold and act as a perfect focal point in the garden and vase. The flowers are large and showy, with layer upon layer of petals that create a mesmerizing display. With their unique purple blossoms, ‘Blue Bell’ dahlias will surely be a conversation starter in any garden.
8. Dutch Iris
Botanical Name: Iris × Hollandica
Also known as Dutch bulb iris, they are known for their stunning spring blooms, usually appearing in late spring or early summer. The flowers come in various colors, including shades of blue, purple, white, and yellow. They are popular in flower arrangements and are often used as cut flowers due to their striking appearance and long vase life.
‘Bearded’ iris (Iris germanica) and ‘Siberian’ iris (Iris sibirica) are other popular iris bulb flowers that come in purple.
9. Dutch Hyacinth
Botanical Name: Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Miss Saigon’
Hyacinth miss saigon is known for its fragrant, bell-shaped flowers that grow in dense spikes, also called racemes, and are held above strap-like leaves. The flowers of ‘Miss Saigon’ are typically a rich, dark purple color. Its strong fragrance makes it a popular choice for perfuming gardens and indoor spaces.
10. Grape Hyacinths
Botanical Name: Muscari spp.
Known for their distinctive clusters of bell-shaped flowers that resemble bunches of grapes, Grape hyacinths are small bulbous plants that belong to the Asparagaceae family. Depending on the cultivar, flowers come in shades of purple, including deep blue-purple and light lavender. They are often used in spring gardens, rock gardens, or as borders or edging plants.
Botanical Name: Fritillaria spp.
Fritillarias are unique bulb flowers that produce nodding, bell-shaped flowers. Some species, like Fritillaria imperialis, commonly known as Crown Imperial, produce flowers in shades of purple, including deep purple and maroon.