5 Of The Most Remarkable Flowers That Start With N & What They Mean

An Ode to Narcissus

You’d hardly hear people ask for a bouquet of ninebark or nemesia or nasturtium. That, however, is their loss as they miss the chance to gaze upon this remarkable flowers that start with N. One other flower such flower is narcissus.

Narcissus of Greek mythology was a young man of unparalleled beauty and form, which led many to fall in love with him. These affections, however, were unrequited as proud Narcissus refused and rebuffed any such desires. He did eventually fall in love when he saw an equally beautiful creature in the river, unaware that it was his reflection on the surface of the water. The legends differ from here but more on Narcissus and his namesake flower below!


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1. Narcissus

  • Botanical name: Narcissus sp
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Fall to spring

Some stories say that the young Narcissus, for want of a kiss from his reflection, falls into the river and drowns. Other stories say that he loses all thought of food or drink or rest as he sits entranced by his reflection that he eventually dies of hunger. Darker still, another legend states that Narcissus realizes that the person before him, with whom he has fallen in love, is his own reflection. Losing all hope, Narcissus takes his life.

These different shades of the popular myth share one thing, though. A lovely flower blossoms on the spot beside the river where Narcissus dies. The narcissus flower thus symbolizes youthful beauty, egotism, and undying devotion.


2. Night Phlox

  • Botanical name: Zaluzianskya capensis
  • Plant Class: Hardy perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer to early fall

What sleeps in the day, then wakes up in the evening and smells like candy? It’s the Night Phlox! People however affectionately call this plant Midnight candy since it blooms during the night and emits a sweet scent that is reminiscent of vanilla or honey!

The night phlox symbolizes innocence, youth, and the sweetness of falling in love for the first time.


3. Nemesia

  • Botanical name: Nemesia
  • Plant Class: Annual
  • Bloom time: year-round

For quick yet intensely colored blooms of white, purple, lavender, pink, orange, and red, the nemesia is the plant of choice for your garden! There are over 50 species to choose from, with each species having their color shades and patterns. Also, Nemesias are undemanding and easy to grow!

Nemesias are strong symbols of endurance, steadfastness, and retribution.


4. Nasturtium

  • Botanical name: Tropaeolum
  • Plant Class: Annual and perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer to early fall

The nasturtium plant is low-maintenance and rewards you with fiery-colored blooms of orange, yellow, and red with very little work put into them! Also, gardeners and chefs alike extensively use the nasturtiums flowers and foliage for culinary uses and medicinal applications.

The bright blossoms of the Nasturtium symbolize passion, courage, creativity and vigor.


5. Ninebark

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  • Botanical name: Physocarpus opulifolius
  • Plant Class: Deciduous shrub
  • Bloom time: Spring to summer

What the ninebark blooms may lack in size, it makes up for with its attractive foliage. Depending on the species, a ninebark plant’s leaves may be in shades of purple, gold, and yellow-green! However, its white cup-shaped flowers are also eye-catching and can add a nice texture to your collection of blooms! You can add the ninebark to the list of plants that are, again, very easy to grow.

The small and delicate blooms of the ninebark represent endurance and grace under pressure or trial.

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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