80 Beautiful Flowers That Start With M

Written by Mitchelle Morgan
Updated: August 23, 2023
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Many flowers’ names start with M. They are beautiful, and you will find them in different settings. Many of these flowers are common, like marigolds and magnolias.

These flowers have different sizes, shapes, and colors. So, you’ll certainly find an excellent option for your flower arrangement or garden. Whether you are simply a flower lover or a full-fledged gardener, you’ll enjoy reviewing these beautiful flowers that start with M.

1. Magnolia

Magnolia is a large flower from the family of Magnoliaceae and Magnolioideae sub-division, with up to about 310 species. This flower is large, showy, and fragrant. It blooms in summer or early spring, depending on the specific flower species.

Magnolia flowers are pink, white, or purple. Their shape is saucer or cup-like with many petals. Also, some of these flower species have a sweet fragrance.

Magnolia is a beautiful flower that start with M
Magnolia flowers are pink, white, or purple.

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You will find these flowers in gardens and parks. Some cultures use them for traditional medicine. Also, you can use them for wood furniture making.

2. Mimosa

Mimosa is a small ornamental tree with pink or yellow flowers. This tree flowers in winter with multiple glomeruli fragrant buds.

The tree belongs to the Fabaceae family, which encompasses more than 1,200 species, each with different sizes and colors. Most species are common in Australia, as well as African subtropical and tropical regions. Some mimosa tree species have attractive flowers like Albizia julibrissin, melanoxylon, pravissima, and baileyana.

Mimosa flower
Some mimosa tree flowers are a lovely shade of yellow.


Mimosa trees flower from January to March and can withstand low temperatures. But they need a lot of sunshine; hence, they are more common in the south due to extra sunshine exposure. You can plant mimosa outside or inside in the fall or spring. But note that you must shelter it from the wind and plant in a sunny area. The best temperatures for flower growth are between 73- and 77-degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Mock-Orange

Mock orange comes from the Hydrangaceae family and the Philadelphus genus. The scientific name is Philadelphus lewisii. This plant can grow well in various conditions, including sunny, shaded, dry, and moist areas.

Mock-Orang flower
Mock-orange is a beautiful white flower that attracts bees.

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The flower is white, beautiful, and fragrant, making it attractive to bees. Because of this, you may want to consider planting it away from interior doors. But it’s a lovely addition to your garden. Additionally, mock-orange also supports other plants due to its arching and high branches. 

4. Morning Glory

Morning glory belongs to the Convolvulaceae family, with over 1,000 flowering plants. The plant bears purplish-to-blue or white flowers 12 cm. wide with heart-shaped leaves.

The pink blooms of the beach morning glory grow in a sandy beach environment.
The beach morning glory grows in a sandy environment.


5. Marigold

Orange yellow French marigold or Tagetes patula flower on a blurred garden background.Marigolds.
These flowers blossom in summer and are among the best garden flowers.


Marigold is a common garden flower from the Tagetes genus. They are popular for their vibrant and bright orange, yellow, or red flowers. Due to their stunning colors, they look fantastic in bouquets and other arrangements. These flowers have a strong earthy smell and are easy to grow throughout North, South, and Central America.

Blossoming in summer, these plants are among the best garden flowers. Besides their attractive nature, marigolds have essential uses. For example, they repel insects. Plant them alongside vegetables to keep pests away. Additionally, you can use them to treat digestion problems, skin infections, and wounds.

6. Moss Rose

Moss rose belongs to the Portulaca genus. These small flowers have a range of colors, from yellow, violet, salmon pink, white, red, and orange. The flower has a cup-like shape and delicate petals.

Colorful flowerbed of hogweed or Portulaca also known as moss roses.
Moss roses create a bed of vibrant color.


This flower is suitable if you live in dry areas, as it is drought resistant. These flowers work well as ground covers, borders, and rock gardens. Hence, you will find them in public spaces, golf courses, parks, and retreat centers. You can also grow them in hanging containers or baskets. 

7. Mandevilla

Mandevilla is a flowering vine commonly known as a rock trumpet. This flower comes from Central, South, and North America. It performs well in sub and tropical climates. It has five petals in a trumpet shape and is bright with a fragrant smell. You will see this flower in either white, red, or pink.

Mandevilla  flower
Mandevilla has five petals in a trumpet shape, bright with a fragrant smell.


These flowers blossom from summer through fall. But flowering can be year-round in places with warm climates, depending on the species. Some plants have several small blooms, while others have a few large blooms. The leaves have a glossy feel and are fast-growing.

8. Mina-Lobata

This plant develops sprays of flowers between July and the end of summer, with colors ranging from red to snowy white. The plant suits sandy, well-draining, or chalky soils. It flourishes in sunny climates but dies in temperatures below four degrees.

Ipomoea Lobata, The Fire Vine, Firecracker Vine Or Spanish Flag - Formerly Mina Lobata. Beautiful Colorful Flowers In The Green Garden.
Mina-lobata has flower colors ranging between red and white.

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9. Marguerite Daisy

Argyranthemum frutescens is the scientific name of Marguerite daisy. The common flower features small delicate blooms and belongs to the Asteraceae family. Petals have a range of colors, including pink, white, and blue purple. This delightful, perky flower is a favorite among gardeners.

marguerite daisy
This delightful, perky flower is a favorite among gardeners.


Marguerite daisies bloom twice a year, in spring and fall. Though in mild climates, they can flower in late summer. The flower originated in the Canary Islands, but you can grow it worldwide. However, it does better in cool and dry climates.

10. Marvel of Peru

Marvel of Peru is an erect, tuberous, and spreading shrub growing annually. It produces good-smelling flowers with a trumpet shape that open from afternoon until morning.

They come in various colors, with some blooms featuring multiple shades, like magenta, yellow, white, pink, or red

Mirabilis jalapa (Marvel of Peru, Four o'clock flower)
Marvel of Peru comes in various colors, such as magenta, yellow, white, pink, and red.


Due to its long flowering season, the Marvel of Peru is a favorite among pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. For the best results, this plant requires well-draining, moist, and average fertility soil.

You can plant them in containers, garden beds, or hedges.

11. Mexican Sunflower

Mexican sunflowers have daisy-like bright petals and thick yellow centers growing on thick stems. They are drought resistant, vigorous, and easy to grow. They grow about 4 to 6 feet tall on a central stalk.

Mexican Sunflower
Mexican sunflower has orange to red flowers.

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The flowers blossom in mid-summer until the first frost. The 3-inch flower has orange to red petals around the center disk. Due to their bright colors, Mexican sunflowers attract pollinators. And they look gorgeous in a bouquet.

After some time, the flowers become greyish/black triangle seeds. You can collect these seeds and plant them later!

12. Million Bells

The Calibrachoa spp. species from the Solanaceae family is known as million bells. The flowers are small, trumpet-like, and about 1-2 inches wide. Also, the flowers have a variety of colors like red, purple, pink, and yellow, and they have white and dark throats.

young calibrachoa plant
The million bells have small trumpet-like flowers.

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These flowers tend to spill over the sides of containers, drooping lazily and beautifully. These flowers are small and need minimal care, and they do well in hot and sunny climates. Moreover, the flowers are versatile. You can use them in garden boarders, window boxes, or in hanging baskets.

13. Moonflower

These trumpet-shaped flowers bloom between the mid-summer and fall seasons. They are white and grow 3-6 inches wide and 6 inches long. The flower buds close to a cone shape during the day.

Beach moonflowers open at night and close in the morning.


However, they open at night and emit a sweet fragrance. You can plant this shrub in spring after the last frost. The fast-growing shrub reaches up to 10 to 20 feet long with maximum conditions in one season. Be careful with pets and children, as the flower seeds can be poisonous.

14. Moon Rose

Moon rose is a ground cover plant with needle-like leaves and stunning roses. The plant flowers from summer until fall with bright yellow, lavender, pink, orange, red, or white flowers.

Blue Moon rose bloom
Moon roses are bright yellow, lavender, pink, orange, red, or white.

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You can plant moon roses in a dry climate with full sunshine. They need relatively little care to thrive. But you must be careful to regulate spreading in excess. 

15. Mallow

Mallow flowers have a pink color with veins, giving them a two-tone appearance. The flower blooms throughout summer. Although the plant can be short-lived, it reseeds during favorable weather conditions.

Mallow, Poppy - Plant, Purple, Alternative Medicine, American Bison
Mallow pink flowers bloom throughout the summer.


This makes it perfect for cottage gardens. But you must be careful to avoid growing beyond boundaries, as this plant can spread quickly. Plant it in well-draining, moist, rich soil and full sun for best results.

16. Marsh Mallow

Marsh mallow flowers are pale pink in color with intricate magenta stamens. The flowers grow on thick stalks up to 6 feet high. This plant is common in North America and Eastern Europe.

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a natural healing process.
The marsh mallow has pale and pink flowers.


As its “marsh” name suggests, this plant blooms best in areas with a lot of water and sunshine.

17. Marsh Marigold

These golden yellow flowers bloom in spring, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The flower originates from North American marshes, swamps, and streams.

Yellow marsh marigolds blooming on a spring day.
Marsh marigold flowers are yellow and bloom during spring.


As the name suggests, the flower does well in water-logged areas with lots of sunshine.

18. Mayapple

Mayapple is a North American plant that gives one flower for every stem in spring. The flowers are 1 to 2 inches in diameter with six to nine petals, giving them a star-like appearance.

The Bloom Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) The native plants that grow in large colonies. These plants have an edible fruit and the Native Americans had medicinal uses for parts of this plant
Mayapple flowers have a star-like appearance.

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Not every plant flowers every season. But if they do, they produce a large edible fruit. Unripe fruits, leaves, stems, and roots are not edible as they contain toxins.

These plants do well in moist soil with good drainage and partial shade.

19. Milfoil

Milfoil is an herbaceous plant of Europe and Asian origin. However, the plant is common in other parts of the world too. It grows about 1 to 3 feet high and has small pink, white, or yellow flowers during summer.

Common yarrow Achillea millefolium white flowers close up, floral background green leaves. Yarrow pattern, milfoil top view. Medicinal organic natural herbs, plants concept. Wild yarrow, wildflower
Milfoil has small pink, white, or yellow flowers during summer.


The leaves have a feathery appearance, similar to ferns. They can grow in different soil types, including dry, poor, and rocky.

20. Muscari

Muscari plants are also known as grape hyacinths. They form tight, cone clusters, and their fragrance reminds gardeners of grape juice! The flowers bloom in the middle of spring, alongside tulips and daffodils.

Muscari bluish-purple flowers bloom mid-spring.

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The plant performs well in soil with proper drainage, such as a mix of soil and compost. They prefer hardy zones 4-9.

21. Montbretia

Montbretia plants belong to the Crocosmia genus, which has eight species. This plant is common, with erect decorative leaves and brilliant tubular flowers. The flowers blossom from mid-summer to the end of summer. The flowers are either yellow, red, orange, or scarlet.

Crocosmia Lucifer red Montbretia small genus of flowering plants in the iris family Iridaceae growing in herbaceous border.
Montbretia flowers are either yellow, red, orange, or scarlet.


If you plan to plant them in pots, use large containers with drainage pores. Their flowers are long-lasting and suitable for bouquets and vases.

22. Masoniorum

This plant belongs to the Crocosmia genus. It has elegant, attractive, and brilliant flowers facing upwards with orange petals. The blooms develop from mid-summer through the start of fall.

Crocosmia masoniorum (also called called the giant montbretia, Tritonia masoniorum) flower. Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy
Masoniorum has elegant, attractive, and brilliant flowers facing upwards with orange petals.

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The plant buds open slowly from the base to the tip, while the old flowers fall from the stems. This unique flower is a great addition to your garden, providing an unexpected pop of neon orange!

23. Meteor

Meteor flowers open from tangerine buds. The plant features beautiful sprays of large blooms with a golden to orange color. Underneath, the flowers have round burnt orange petals.

perennial shrub sunflower ten-petals sunflower helianthus decapetalus meteor on blue sky background
The meteor features beautiful sprays of large flowers with a golden yellow to orange color.


The plants flower from the middle of summer to early fall, rising over erect, dark green, sword-like leaves.

24. Milkweed

As the name suggests, milkweed leaves have a sticky white sap secretion. It originates from Canada and the U.S. The star-shaped flowers are petite and great for pollinators. These flowers attract honey bees, mason bees, monarch butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Showy Milkweed
Milkweed plant flowers have a star shape.

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With over 100 species, you can find shades of yellow, orange, pink, purple, or green. They need protection against the wind for proper pollination. Lastly, note that the plant has a taproot system, which can be challenging to transfer.

25. Matthiola

Matthiola is a flowering plant from the Brassicaceae family and genus Incana. The plant’s name comes from Pietro Andrea Mattioli, an Italian naturalist. The flowers have single and double clusters in different colors, depending on the species.

Matthiola incana flower, stock flowers, cut flowers in nursery, full bloom. Purple Matthiola
Matthiola flowers are attractive, strong, and have a strong sweet smell.

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Colors include lavender, pink, white, red, and purple. These flowers are attractive and have a strong sweet smell, making them perfect for flower arrangements.

The flowers bloom from late spring to the middle of the summer season. Whereby the flowering period is about four to six weeks.

26. Myrtle

This shrub is evergreen and belongs to the Myrtus genus and Myrtaceae family. This plant originates from South America, but you can find them in New Zealand and Australia.

delicate white crape myrtle flowers in a cone shaped cluster
This plant originates from South America, but you can find them in New Zealand.

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The plants have cream and white flowers on solitary, short stalks. With time, the flowers transform into purplish berries.

27. Mignonette

The Mignonette belongs to the Resedaceae plant family. The plants are common for their fragrance. The flowers have yellow, green, white, and orange stamens.

Reseda lutea in a meadow in June. Reseda lutea, the yellow mignonette or wild mignonette, is a species of fragrant herbaceous plant. Ruedersdorf bei Berlin, Germany
Mignonettes have yellow, green, white, and orange stamens.


These flowers rest on slim spikes and have between four to six petals. The flowers are small, about a quarter inch in diameter.

28. Monarda

Monarda flowers have bright heads with stunning pink, purple, red, and white blooms. This plant’s irresistible blooms have an amazing visual impact when planted in clusters. They have two-lipped, asymmetrical tubes, with dense globe-like heads resting on decorative bracts.

Wild Bergamot
Monarda plant flowers are exciting and irresistible during summer.


For best performance, plant monarda in partial shade and full sun. They are adaptable to different soil conditions, but they perform best in moist soil.

29. Melampodium

The last flower in our list of most beautiful flowers that start with M is Melampodium. This plant is common in nursery containers due to its fast growth. It attains maturity in about six to eight weeks.

The plant has two species: a black foot daisy with a yellow center and white petals and a butter daisy with an orange-yellow center and golden petals.

melampodium blossom in the bright morning leaf background
Melampodium has an orange-yellow center and golden petals.

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The plant is annual, displaying from May until frost season. As a bonus, the plant has few maintenance needs and performs well in different soil conditions. However, they prefer proper drainage and medium moisture content.

Other Beautiful Flowers That Start With M

  1. Mahonia japonica
  2. Mahonia nervosa
  3. Mahonia repens
  4. Mahonia aquifolium
  5. Maiden Pink
  6. Maltese Cross
  7. Malva preissiana
  8. Malva sylvestris
  9. Malva trimestris
  10. May Flower
  11. Mazus pumilus
  12. Mazus reptans
  13. Meadow Rue
  14. Meconopsis
  15. Meconopsis integrifolia
  16. Meconopsis napaulensis
  17. Meconopsis punicea
  18. Meconopsis quintuplinervia
  19. Meconopsis simplicifolia
  20. Meconopsis betonicifolia
  21. Mexican Marigold
  22. Mirabilis albida
  23. Mirabilis longiflora
  24. Mirabilis decipiens
  25. Monkshood
  26. Moonflower Vine
  27. Moraea
  28. Mountain Laurel
  29. Mulberry Spring
  30. Montbretia
  31. Mum
  32. Malus
  33. Mallotus
  34. Manuka
  35. Marsdenia
  36. Meconopsis
  37. Metrosideros
  38. Monarda
  39. Montbretia
  40. Myosotidium
  41. Myrcia
  42. Michelia
  43. Maytenus
  44. Melicytus
  45. Melicytus alpinus
  46. Mammillaria dixanthocentron 
  47. Manzanita
  48. Matucana
  49. Maximilian Sunflower
  50. Meadow Bistort
  51. Meadow Sage

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Matthiola incana flower, stock flowers, cut flowers in nursery, full bloom. Purple Matthiola
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Mitchelle is a content writer who loves nature. She loves writing about animals and plants. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and going for nature walks.

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