11 Of The Most Splendid Flowers That Start With U & Their Symbolic Meanings

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It is quite undeniable that flowers have become a significant part of human life. Blooms are ever present in special occasions, celebrations, and even in times of grief and bereavement. Many of these events may even associate themselves with a specific kind or particular set of blooms. Hence we learn that blooms, are not merely for decoration, as you’ll see with our flowers that start with U, but they also carry profound meaning and unspoken messages.

It’s no wonder that interest in horticulture has always been present if not steadily rising. Also, careers or hobbies in gardening or floristry are almost always in demand. Blooms are at the very center if this work. You can even say the flowers are the very heart of every garden. Take a look at this five flowers that start with U, and you’ll understand why.

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11 Splendid Blossoms

1. Ulex

  • Botanical name: Ulexeuropaeus
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Year-round

Native to the Irish landscape, the ulex plant or gorse emits a sweet aroma reminiscent of coconut! And when these plants bloom in profusion, their beautifulrich yellow flowers are indeed a sight to behold! Also, you would not have to wait to long for this lovely view as Ulex plants bloom all year round. Also, you’ll find gorse flowers and shoots in tea making and salads!

The bright yellow of the ulex flower symbolizes joy and celebration and though dark days may at times come there will always be light,andUlex will always bloom.

2. Umbrella Magnolia

  • Botanical name: Magnolia tripetala
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Late spring to summer

You’ll understand the reason for its common name as soon as you see the spreading foliage of the Umbrella magnolia. Its large leaves seem to resemble an open umbrella. However, the main feature of this perennial is not its “umbrella” but its “tripetala,” referring to its flowers’ three large sepals. These snowy blooms sit atop the plant's umbrella-like leaves in all its glory.

The creamy white blooms of the Magnoilatripetala represent protection and the goodness found in all things.

3. Upright Virgin's Bower

  • Botanical name: Clematis virginiana
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Late summer

The delicate and sweet-smelling blooms of the Upright Virgin’s bower (or simply Virgin’s bower) resemble tiny stars with their abundant long stamens. You could enrich both your garden’s looks and aromas with this lovely perennial but do note its rampant growth which may take over your other plants!

This climbing vine spreads quick and aggressive, earning in the meaning of passion and undying devotion.

4. Uva-ursi

  • Botanical name: Arctostaphylosuva-ursi
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer

The Uva-Ursi, or bearberry as many people call it, bloom delicate bell-shaped flowers in shades of white and pink. As to its name, the bearberry is as called as many hunters and observers note bears are waking from hibernation and feasting on this flowering plant. What’s more, you’d see bearberry in therapeutic applications as a treatment for urinary tract disorders.

The blooms of the Uva-ursi may represent strength and fortitude.

5. Ursinia

  • Botanical name: Ursiniaanthemoides
  • Plant Class: Annual
  • Bloom time: Spring to summer &occ. winter

Floriferous is a perfect description of the Ursinia plant since it blooms its yellow and orange flowers in abundance! Hence, for guaranteed flowers to feast your eyes upon, consider the Ursinia plant for your garden. They are ideal as border plants. Also, they require little water and are tolerant of heat.

This daily-like flowering plant is native to Africa and named after a German scholar Johannes Heinrich Ursinus. There are many species of this, about 40 of them.

The Ursinia is a profound symbol of good gifts, and how the giving of love and happiness serves to multiply these emotions two-fold.

6. Uinta-Cactus

Uinta Cactus
  • Botanical name: Sclerocactus Glaucus or Sclerocactus Wetlandicus
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: April to May

Colorado hookless cactus is the most popular name of this rare plant belonging to the cactus family. This is formerly known as uinta-cactus as it was originated from the Uinta Basin, which is located in the northeastern part of Utah. Apart from its habitat loss in the Uinta Basin, this cylindrical shaped cacti with white, red and black spines is now among the threatened species.

Like most cactus, it has yellow anthers, green or sometimes white filaments, and a vibrant fuschia pink, bell-shaped petals surrounded by thick whitish green sepals. It makes a good residential outdoor plant as the flowers grow perfectly on the top. However, it only grows on gravelly clay and the area must be stretched and out open.

This plant symbolizes endurance as it is able to stand up to the test of time and atmospheric elements. It can also represent a mother’s love that is unconditional regardless of how difficult the conditions may be.

7. Urn Plant

Urn Plant
  • Botanical name: Aechmea Fasciata
  • Plant Class: Succulent
  • Bloom time: Winter

Also known as silver vase plant, urn plant is a special kind of houseplant as it received the “Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit”. This Brazil native flowering plant grows best in temperate areas. Since it belongs to the bromeliad family, it blooms in full winter for three months, which is considered a long flowering period. Hence, a perfect blossom to a residential home and can serve as a holiday decor. The downside is that this blooms only once in its life span – it doesn’t reproduce flowers annually.

As its name suggests, this plant wholly forms into a reddish pink rosette with small blue or purple tips stretching its spiky, octopus-like bracts. It is associated with prestige, luxury and beauty. Its pastel floral color does symbolize elegance or charm.

8. Ulex-Europaeus

Ulex Europaeus
  • Botanical name: Fabaceae
  • Plant Class: Terrestrial
  • Bloom time: All-year, mainly spring time

Gorse is a common name of Ulex-Europaeus, but also referred to as whine or furze. It is native to Western Europe, which includes the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland. It has been naturalized in other countries as well, such as North Africa and New Zealand.

It is a type of evergreen shrub that produces bright yellow pea-structured flowers. It grows for up to 2 to 3 meters tall. Its leaves and shoots turning green spines reach from 1 to 3 centimeters long. This coconut scented floral plant is useful in many areas. The flower buds are edible to be used as capers in salads or vinegar. The shoot tips are made for tea. It is also believed to have medicinal properties, and used as a pesticide.

Although prone to bushfire, this plant easily regrows from its roots. It is able to thrive in cold temperatures as down as−20 °C or−4 °F. It can last up to 30 years long.

This plant symbolizes hope, protection and fertility. According to some myths, it is associated with the sun and light.

9. Ulex-Gallii and Ulex-Minor

Ulex Gallii
  • Botanical name: Fabaceae
  • Plant Class: Terrestrial
  • Bloom time: All-year, mainly spring time

Both Ulex-Gallii and Ulex-Minor are relatively similar to Ulex-Europaeus, just a smaller version of its flowers. Its most referred name is Western gorse or dwarf furze. It blooms bright yellow flowers in a pea-like structure, extending from 1 to 2 centimeters long. Even though they are considered as wild flowers or shrubs that thrive mostly in mountainous and forested areas, these can make a great addition to the sides and front of a residential home. Its vibrant yellow flowers can definitely attract visitors.

They also represent fertility, protection and hope.

10. Ugly Fruit Flower

Ugly Fruit Flower
  • Botanical name: Citrus paradisi or Citrus reticulata
  • Plant Class: Seasonal
  • Bloom time: September to December

Jamaican Tangelo is the name of the tree that produces a green and yellow citrus fruit called as ugly fruit and produces white flowers. The flowers, which have only four petals, are fragrant. Its rinds also create good smell. Like in most trees, the blooming of the flowers indicates the season of fruit harvest.

There is no known symbolism for this flower.

11. Umbrella Plant

Ugly Fruit Flower
  • Botanical name: Darmera Peltata (formerly known as Peltiphyllum Peltatum)
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Spring

Native to Oregon and northern part of California, Umbrella plant or Indian Rhubarb belongs to the Saxifragaceae family. It is a dense, herbaceous perennial that grows from 3 to 6 feet. It features large and round clusters of pink to white flowers on its bare stalks.

This is often used in Feng Shui in Chinese culture believing it can attract wealth or bring prosperity in a home. Its leaf fingers capture good or positive energy. For this reason, it’s best to place them around the front lawn or patio.

Although most of these flowering plants that start with the letter “u” are not common to some, gardeners can find this list very important. Whether used for personal or commercial purposes, such plants are given value and care. These are fragile florals that require special attention in order to bloom successfully and maintain their beauty.

Among these splendid flowers, which plant you like the most? Which flowering plant is most suited to your home or garden?

Hoang Quang

Hello! I’m Quang Hoang and Grow Gardener is my little nook for all the adventures, and occasional misadventures, on my journey in gardening! As I continue to awaken life in little seeds and struggle to keep flora alive, I’ll be here sharing with all of you what I’ve learned! Join me in my little garden, and let’s grow together.

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