75 Gorgeous Flowers That Start With H

Written by Oak Simmons
Updated: June 2, 2023
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Flowers are the reproductive structures of flowering plants. There are countless flowers all over the world, from cultivated gardens to remote wilderness. If you’re trying to remember the name of a flower that starts with H, this list may remind you. Or, if you simply want to look at some of the many gorgeous flowers of the world, this list may inspire you.

This guide features families, genera, common names, species, and cultivars of flowers that start with H. For clarity, the word genera is the plural form of genus. Each section begins with the name of a family or genus. The family or genus name is often also the common name of flowers within it. Then, each family or genus breaks down into species or cultivars.

1. Hydrangea

white hydrangea shrubs
Hydrangea shrubs are known for their large clusters of stunning flowers.

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Hydrangea is a genus containing over 75 species. These flowering plants are native to the Americas and Asia. Most species of Hydrangea are shrubs, but there are also tree and vine species. Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants. Incredibly, Hydrangea flowers change color based on the soil pH. In acidic soils, the flowers are bluer, and in alkaline soils, the flowers are pinker. There are over 600 cultivars of Hydrangea. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, Hydrangea may be the answer. Thirteen gorgeous cultivars appear below.

2. Hydrangea (‘Incrediball’)

Hydrangea arborenscens (Incrediball)

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3. Hydrangea (‘Nikko Blue’)

Hydrangea macrophylla Nikko Blue, Gortenzia


4. Hydrangea (‘Limelight’)

Peacock butterfly on limelight hydrangea

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5. Hydrangea (‘Cityline Mars’)

Mars Hydrangea. Cityline Mars Hydrangea. A small plant with big. The Cityline Mars Hydrangea is a hardy plant. Pink, purple and white.


6. Hydrangea (‘Endless Summer’)

Blooming cultivar bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer') in the summer garden

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7. Hydrangea (‘Climbing’)

Hydrangea petiolaris, a climbing hydrangea (syn: Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)


8. Hydrangea (‘Vanille Fraise’)

Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise on a stem


9. Hydrangea (‘Bloomstruck Bigleaf’)

The flowerhead of Endless Summer BloomStruck bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ('P11HM-11'), showing the purple-blue color when it grows in acid soil

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10. Hydrangea (‘Blue Deckle’)

A closeup of hydrangea blue deckle flowers

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11. Hydrangea (‘Silver Dollar’)

Hydrangea paniculata Silver Dollar in the morning garden

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12. Hydrangea (‘Madame Emile’)

Summer Flowering White Hydrangea macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillere' in a Woodland Garden in Rural Devon, England, UK

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13. Hydrangea (‘Miss Saori’)

Hydrangea macrophylla with intricate dark pink and white double flowers.


14. Hydrangea (‘Unique’)

Hydrangea paniculata Unique: hydrangea blooms white flowers on a branch in the garden in late summer


15. Hibiscus

Tea made from Hibiscus leaves is a popular drink around the world.

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Hibiscus is a genus with hundreds of species. This genus is in the mallow family, Malvaceae. Hibiscus plants are native to tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas around the world. The flowers of Hibiscus plants are large, bright, and eye-catching. There are herb, shrub, and tree species of Hibiscus. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, Hibiscus may be the answer. Eight stunning Hibiscus cultivars appear below.

16. Hibiscus (‘Fifth Dimension’)

hibiscus flower called "Fifth Dimension"


17. Hibiscus (‘Mystic Pink’)

Mystic pink hibiscus are attractiveand hibiscus are heat tolerant

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18. Hibiscus (‘Silver Memories’)

Sliver Hibiscus blooming(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis cv. 'silver memories')


19. Hibiscus (‘Blue Bird’)

Beautifully blooming hibiscus syriacus 'Blue bird' withattractive flowers


20. Hibiscus (‘Lord Baltimore’)

Lord Baltimore hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore')

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21. Hibiscus (‘Oiseau Blue’)

Bee covered with pollen flying from a flower of Hibiscus syriacus 'Oiseau Bleu'


22. Hibiscus (‘Red Heart’)

Hibiscus syriacus flower. This plant is native to China and Korea. Common names include the rose of Sharon Syrian ketmia, shrub althea, and rose mallow. This cultivar is the "Red Heart".

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23. Hibiscus (‘Hula Girl’)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Hula Girl', China rose,  evergreen shrub or small tree, cultivar with green leaves and large rich yellow flowers with red throat with long exerted staminal column.

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24. Heathers and Heaths

Field of pink heather
The common name heather refers to many different species from three genera.

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Heather is a common name that refers to plants from three different genera in the family Ericaceae. However, not all of the flowers this common name refers to are actually heathers. Calluna, Daboecia, and Erica are the three genera often called heather. Callunas are true heathers. However, most flowers in the Daboecia and Erica genera are commonly known as heathers but are actually heaths. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, heathers and heaths may be the answer. Below are 14 beautiful species of heather and heath.

25. Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Close up flowering Calluna vulgaris common heather, ling, or simply heather Selective focus of the purple flowers on the field, Nature floral background.


26. Irish Heath (Daboecia cantabrica)

Daboecia cantabrica or Heather of Vizcaya deep pink flowers blooming


27. Tree Heath (Erica arborica)

Tree heath (Erica arborea) with white flowers in Aspromonte, Calabria, Italy


28. Crossed-Leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)

pink erica tetralix beautiful flower background


29. Winter Heath (Erica carnea)

Erica carnea ( winter heath, winter-flowering heather, spring alpine heath ) pink Flowers. Flowering Erica carnea Ornamental plant, close up


30. Black-Eyed Heath (Erica canaliculata)

The name of these flowers is Channeled heath,Black-anthered Heath,Black-eyed Heath. Scientific name is Erica canaliculata.


31. Rice Heath (Erica cutea)

Cape Honey bee on Erica lutea in the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty's Bay, South Africa

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32. Dorset Heath (Erica ciliaris)

Dorset Heath Heather

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33. Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)

Bell Heather 'Stephen Davis' (Erica cinerea)

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34. Golden Heath (Erica grandiflora)

Erica flower closeup of bright color fynbos flower(Erica grandiflora)

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35. Spanish Heath (Erica lusitanica)

Erica lusitanica is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, known by the common names Portuguese heath and Spanish heath.


36. Nine-Pin Heath (Erica mammosa)

Erica mammosa, also known as nine-pin heath, fynbos

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37. Dwarf Heath (Erica nana)

Yellow blooming erica in sunny June


38. Green Heather (Erica scoparia)

A view of a erica scoparia plant


39. Hyacinth

Large flower bed with multi-colored hyacinths
Hyacinths, of the genus Hyacinthus, are distinct from grape hyacinths, of the genus Muscari.

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Hyacinth is the common name of plants in the Hyacinthus and Muscari genera. Hyacinthus is a genus of perennial flowering plants. A perennial plant is one that lives for more than two years. Hyacinthus plants are native to the Mediterranean Region. Muscari is a genus native to Eurasia, and plants in this genus are commonly called grape hyacinths. Both the Hyacinthus and Muscari genera are in the asparagus family, Asperagaceae. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, hyacinths may be the answer. Below are six stunning cultivars of hyacinth from the Hyacinthus and Muscari genera.

40. Hyacinth (‘Blue Star’)

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) Blue Star blooms in a garden in April

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41. Hyacinth (‘Gipsy Queen’)

A close up of coral hyacinths of the 'Gipsy Queen' variety (Hyacinthus orientalis) in the garden


42. Hyacinth (‘White Magic’)

white grape hyacinth in full bloom

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43. Hyacinth (‘Mount Hood’)

Close-up shot of bicolor grape hyacinth Muscari aucheri 'Mount Hood' features pretty, grape-like clusters of rounded blue flowers with white tips, crowned with white florets in early spring

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44. Hyacinth (‘Marie’)

Flowering of a free-standing hyacinth orientalis, cultivar Marie, against the background of greenery in sunny weather, close-up


45. Hyacinth (‘China Pink’)

Pink flower of Hyacinth. Cultivar China Pink

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46. Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonerica japonica)

Blooming yellow honeysuckle Bush.  Flowering white-yellow Honeysuckle(Woodbine). Lonicera japonica, known as Japanese honeysuckle and golden-and-silver honeysuckle


47. Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) in full bloom


48. Hollyhock

Alcea Rosea
Hollyhocks can grow up to 8 feet tall.


Hollyhock is the common name for flowering plants in the Alcea genus. The Alcea genus is in the mallow family, Malvaceae. Hollyhocks are related to hibiscus, which is also in the mallow family. There are over 80 species of hollyhock. These plants are native to Asia and Europe. Hollyhocks are popular ornamental plants. Interestingly, the tall woody stems can be used as firewood. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, hollyhocks may be the answer. Below are five beautiful cultivars of hollyhock.

49. Hollyhock (‘Halo Apricot’)

Halo Apricot Hollyhock, in full bloom. The flower is pink and purple


50. Hollyhock (‘Halo Cream’)

Alcea 'Halo Cream' hollyhock in bloom among the daisies during the summer months,

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51. Hollyhock (‘Halo Pink’)

Alcea rosea Halo Pink white and pink flower

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52. Hollyhock (‘Peaches ‘N Dreams’)

Blooming cultivar common hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Peaches 'n Dreams') in the summer garden


53. Hollyhock (‘Nigra’)

Flower of  Alcea rosea Nigra, known as Black hollyhock used as medicinal herb. Detail of flower head in the garden, natural background with copy space.


54. Hellebore

Hellebores are incredibly frost-resistant, and some species are even evergreen.

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Hellebore is a common name for plants in the genus Helleborus. The Helleborus genus is in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. There are 22 species of hellebore. Although these plants are beautiful, they are also poisonous. All parts of hellebore plants are toxic to ingest, so caution is advised. Contact with the plants may also irritate the skin. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, hellebore may be the answer. Below are six cultivars of hellebore:

55. Hellebore (‘Yellow Lady’)

Yellow Hellebore or Lenten Rose with Red Speckles, Helleborous hybridus, "Yellow Lady"; evergreen perennial early spring garden flower.

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56. Hellebore (‘Double Ellen White’)

Lenten Rose (Helleborus caucasicus) Cultivar Double Ellen White in garden, Moscow region, Russia

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57. Hellebore (‘Cinderella’)

Double Bloom Pink Hellebore or Lenten Rose, Helleborous hybridus, Cinderella; evergreen perennial early spring garden flower.

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58. Hellebore (‘Ivory Prince’)

Hellebore Ivory Prince, Lenten Rose


59. Hellebore (‘Penny’s Pink’)

Helleborus Penny's Pink

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60. Hellebore (‘Peppermint Ice’)

Vertical closeup of the double flower of 'Peppermint Ice' hybrid Lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus Winter Jewels 'Peppermint Ice')

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61. Heliotrope

Violet flowers of Heliotropium arborescens (heliotrope)
The word ‘helios’, from which heliotropes get their name, is Greek for sun.


Heliotropium is a genus containing around 325 species. Species from the genus are found around the world. Some species of heliotropes are popular choices for gardens. Heliotropes are toxic to dogs and cats, so caution is advised. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, heliotrope may be the answer. Below are two species of heliotrope.

62. Garden Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)

Garden Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) in garden

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63. Blue Heliotrope (Heliotropium amplexicaule)

plant with purple flower

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64. Helenium

Warmed coloured Helenium flower in a summer garden, July. Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'
Flowers in the Helenium genus are sometimes called daisies or sunflowers.


Helenium is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Sneezeweed is the common name for plants in the Helenium genus. The name Helenium comes from Helen of Troy, the daughter of Zeus and Leda in Greek mythology. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, Helenium may be the answer. Below are six gorgeous cultivars of Helenium.

65. Helenium (‘Butterpat’)

Helenium 'Butterpat' a summer flowered plant known as sneezeweed

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66. Helenium (‘Gartensonne’)

Yellow Gartensonne with an unusual bug on the petal


67. Helenium (‘Short ‘N’ Sassy’)

Bright yellow Helenium Autumnale flowers. "Short and sassy"


68. Helenium (‘Moerheim Beauty’)

Red Helenium autumnale or sneezeweed, cultivar called 'Moerheim Beauty' seen in a botanical garden

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69. Helenium (‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’)

Orange helenium sneezeweed 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' in flower

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70. Helenium (‘Wesergold’)

Yellow helenium sneezeweed 'wesergold' in flower

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71. Hosta

Hosta plants were previously classified as a lily, in the Liliaceae genus.


Hosta is a genus of plants in the asparagus family, Asperagaceae. These plants are native to northeast Asia. There is some debate among taxonomists about how many species of Hosta exist, but it could be up to 45. Hosta is a popular plant for gardens, and it is shade-tolerant. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, Hosta may be the answer. Below are three beautiful cultivars of Hosta.

72. Hosta (‘Frances Williams’)

A lush bush of flowering hosta in the garden. Perennial flowers, landscape design. Hosta cultivar Frances Williams

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73. Hosta (‘Blue Umbrellas’)

One of the largest Hosta ′Blue Umbrellas′ with giant, blue-green, thick-textured, corrugated, heart shaped leaves and pale lavender flowers growing in the garden in summer

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74. Hosta (‘June’)

Close up of a flower border with Hosta 'June' flowering

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75. Hypericum

Blooming St. John's wort, hypericum perforatum
Species in the Hypericum genus are commonly known as St. John’s wort or goatweed.

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Hypericum is a large genus of flowering plants, with over 490 species. Plants in the genus are commonly called St. John’s wort. If you’re looking for flowers that start with H, Hypericum may be the answer.

All Flowers That Start With H

  • Hydrangea
  • Hydrangea (‘Incrediball’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Nikko Blue’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Limelight’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Cityline Mars’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Endless Summer’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Climbing’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Vanille Fraise’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Bloomstruck Bigleaf’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Blue Deckle’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Silver Dollar’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Madame Emile’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Miss Saori’)
  • Hydrangea (‘Unique’)
  • Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus (‘Fifth Dimension’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Mystic Pink’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Silver Memories’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Blue Bird’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Lord Baltimore’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Oiseau Blue’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Red Heart’)
  • Hibiscus (‘Hula Girl’)
  • Heathers and Heaths
  • Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
  • Irish Heath (Daboecia cantabrica)
  • Tree Heath (Erica arborica)
  • Crossed-Leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Winter Heath (Erica carnea)
  • Black-Eyed Heath (Erica canaliculata)
  • Rice Heath (Erica lutea)
  • Dorset Heath (Erica ciliaris)
  • Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)
  • Golden Heath (Erica grandiflora)
  • Spanish Heath (Erica lusitanica)
  • Nine-Pin Heath (Erica mammosa)
  • Dwarf Heath (Erica nana)
  • Green Heather (Erica scoparia)
  • Hyacinth
  • Hyacinth (‘Blue Star’)
  • Hyacinth (‘Gipsy Queen’)
  • Hyacinth (‘White Magic’)
  • Hyacinth (‘Mount Hood’)
  • Hyacinth (‘Marie’)
  • Hyacinth (‘China Pink’)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonerica japonica)
  • Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Hollyhock
  • Hollyhock (‘Halo Apricot’)
  • Hollyhock (‘Halo Cream’)
  • Hollyhock (‘Halo Pink’)
  • Hollyhock (‘Peaches ‘N Dreams’)
  • Hollyhock (‘Nigra’)
  • Hellebore
  • Hellebore (‘Yellow Lady’)
  • Hellebore (‘Double Ellen White’)
  • Hellebore (‘Cinderella’)
  • Hellebore (‘Ivory Prince’)
  • Hellebore (‘Penny’s Pink’)
  • Hellebore (‘Peppermint Ice’)
  • Heliotropes
  • Garden Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Blue Heliotrope (Heliotropium amplexicaule)
  • Helenium
  • Helenium (‘Butterpat’)
  • Helenium (‘Gartensonne’)
  • Helenium (‘Short ‘N’ Sassy’)
  • Helenium (‘Moerheim Beauty’)
  • Helenium (‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’)
  • Helenium (‘Wesergold’)
  • Hosta
  • Hosta (‘Frances Williams’)
  • Hosta (‘Blue Umbrellas’)
  • Hosta (‘June’)
  • Hypericum

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Hydrangea macrophylla Nikko Blue, Gortenzia
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About the Author

Oak Simmons is a naturalist and writer based in the temperate rainforests of the Washington coast. Their favorite ways to spend time are hiking, swimming outdoors, wildcrafting herbal medicine, and tracking wildlife. They are inspired by the richness of the more-than-human world and grateful to be one of the many creatures who inhabit and and co-create it.

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