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10 Purple Spring Flowers

Purple Flowers that Bloom in Spring

If you are looking for stunning, colored flowers to brighten your spring garden then why not choose between the different varieties of purple spring flowers.

Depending on the shade and type of flower, purple flowers can run the gambit from daintily beautiful to dramatic.

Purple flowers bring a welcome relief to that stark winter landscape many people are subjected to for several months a year. These bright touches of color lift the spirits and tell us that warmer weather is well on the way.

Here is a look at some of the more popular purple flowers that bloom in spring you will find appealing.

Purple spring flowers

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#1. Lilac


The Lilac is a hardy bush that blooms in the spring. And it is also one of the popular purple perennial flowers.

These bushes grow 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide. The flowers traditionally are dark or light purple, but there are also other colors as well. The leaves of this plant are dark green. There are also dwarf varieties of this bush.

Lilacs grow well in zones 3 through 7 and enjoy full sunlight and well-drained soil. These bushes can grow for over 100 years, flowering each year.

Lilacs are drought tolerant and attractive to both birds and butterflies. They are also one of the flowers that symbolize love and affection.

#2. Petunias


Petunias are colorful flowers that bloom from the spring through the fall. They come in multiple colors including purple and the flowers look a little like a trumpet.

These flowers grow, as annuals in most zones, but in zones 9 through 11 they are grown as perennials. Petunias stand between 6 and 18 inches tall and can spread 1 ½ to 4 feet depending on the variety.

These flowers like to grow in full sunlight and needs to be pruned when needed.

#3. Geraniums

Purple Geraniums

There are several different types of Geraniums and most bloom from spring through the fall. Geraniums grow as annuals in most zones, but grow as perennials in zones 10 and 11.

Full size varieties grow 2 to 4 feet tall with dwarf varieties standing between 5 and 8 inches tall.

Geraniums grow equally well indoors and outdoors and are often seen in baskets. Although they do enjoy full sun but in hotter climates, they do need some sun protection.

These flowers are toxic to dogs and cats.

#4. Irises

Purple Iris Flowers

Irises are unique and pretty flowers that are fairly easy to grow. These flowers grow well in zones 3 through 9.

What makes these flowers unique is that they have 6 petals. Three outer petals that hang down (called falls) and three inner petals (standards) that stand up straight.

Irises can be different colors including purple and prefers full or partial sunlight. The most popular variety of Irises is the bearded Iris, which can grow to be 2 or 3 feet high.

These flowers bloom late spring to early summer. Irises are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

#5. Speedwell (Veronica)

Purple Speedwell (Veronica)

The speedwell flower blooms in spring, summer, and early fall. These flowers grow on long spikes with small petals that can grow 1 to 3 feet high. Thy come in purple, blue, pink and white and prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They grow well in zones 3 through 11.

The Speedwell looks great wherever you want slightly taller plants. However, these plants can suffer from root rot and mildew. It is attractive to both birds and butterflies.

#6. Calibrachoa

Purple Calibrachoa

Calibrachoas also known as mission bells resemble tiny petunias. These flowers bloom from May to October and come in a rainbow of colors, including purple. The flowers stand 6 to 12 inches tall and are 12 to 24 inches wide.

Calibrachoas grow best in zones 9 through 11 and they love full or partial sunlight and rich, well-drained soil. They do have a trailing habit, which makes them great flowers for hanging baskets. These flowers are also very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

#7. Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum Purple

Sweet Alyssum is a member of mustard family. The sweet alyssum has dainty little flowers with a honey like scent. These flowers bloom from spring through the first frost and they come in a variety of colors including purple.

They grow as annuals in zones 2 through 8 and as perennials in zones 9-11.

Due to the flowers’ mounding habit these plants can grow 4 to 10 inches tall and 10 to 48 inches wide with trailing branches that can run up to 3 feet. They do best in full sun or partial shade and are not prone to pests or deer.

#8. Tulip

Purple Tulips

Tulips are early blooming spring flowers that may actually begin sprouting through patches of snow.

These cup shaped flowers come in several jeweled tones including dark purple. Tulips grow best in zones 3 through 8 and love full or partial sunlight.

A member of the lily family, these bright and beautiful flowers can grow between 6 inches and 2 feet tall and has 2 to 6 leaves depending on the variety. Strangely enough these flowers lack scent and they originate from the near East and Central Asia.

#9. Violets


Violets are another spring flower that come in jewel tones although there are also pastel varieties of these flowers as well. There are hundreds of species of this flower and they are grown in zones 2 through 11.

These cool weather plants do well when grown in rich well-drained soil and full sunlight or partial shade. The flowers themselves can grow anywhere from 6 to 12 inches tall. While Violets are considered to be perennials, some people in some locations also plant them as annuals.

#10. Honesty (Lunaria)

Honesty (Lunaria)

The honest flower is a biennial flower, which needs one year to grow before flowering mid-spring to late spring the second year. Grown in zones 5 through 9, these flowers prefer full or partial sun and well-drained soil.

The Honest flowers normally come in shades of purple, ranging from dark purple to flowers with just a purple cast although they also come in white. This plant is especially attractive to butterflies.

Final Thoughts on Purple Spring Flowers

Other spring blooming purple flowers include the Heliotropium, Pansy and primrose. Any or all of these plants can make a lovely addition to your spring garden, adding beauty, lovely scents and a sense of the dramatic to your garden or yard.

Purple flowers that bloom in spring.

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