The Flowers That Start With Q: 8 Of The Most Regal

God Save the Queens

In our list of flowers that start with Q, we find ourselves facing, not diamonds in the rough, but royalty. Two on our list are great sentinels that will grow into beautiful trees with blooms that befit their names.

But what makes a queen? Some say a crown; others say a kingdom. With our four regal flowers, however, it is their dominance over their kind in size, color, and grandeur. They are the alpha blooms, the cream of the crop. These plants are the biggest, most vibrant, or most spectacular of their species that they are true sovereigns.

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Although people may know these flowers that start with Q by other names, theirsuperb qualities still shine through.

Hence, the gardener that wishes to add some excellence to their collection of blooms, or a particularly kingly, or queenly, tropical tree to their garden (or estate), look no further than these four flowering plants.

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8 Regal Flowering Plants

1. Queen's Crape-myrtle

  • Botanical name: Lagerstroemia speciosa
  • Plant Class: Deciduous tropical tree
  • Bloom time: Summer

This beautiful landscape tree will surely standout with its pink or purple racemes of flowers, reminiscent of finecrepe paper.

Queen’s crape myrtle is also as useful as it is splendid. Its red-brown wood is valuable timber that is useful for boats, furniture, and houses. Also, both the queen’s crape-myrtle’s roots and leaves have medicinal and healing properties!

Finally, this outstanding tree rightfully earns its name as it commands the biggest size and largest flowers among its crape-myrtle kin. Hence, the blooms of the lagerstroemiaspeciosa symbolize refinement, strength, and excellence.

2. Queen of the Prairie

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  • Botanical name: Filipendularubra
  • Plant Class: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Bloom time: Early to mid-summer

Don’t be surprised if the Queen of the Prairie’s clusters of fragrant pink flowers remind you of miniature roses as they come from the same family. Also, traditional medicine uses the roots of this award-winning perennial (AGM) as an herb and additionally, roots’ tannin content is ideal as an astringent or topical skin treatment.

The deep pink and graceful blooms of the Venusta, another name for the Queen of the Prairie, aptly complements itshigh standing, but also its strong nature since it is resistant to pests or disease. The Venusta, however, is no decorative royal but more of a warrior queen. Queen of the Prairie requires little care, and its flowers need no deadheading as they mature and age gracefully.

It fitsthen that the blooms of this Queen of the Prairie represent beauty and wisdom in age.

3. Queen Lily Ginger

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  • Botanical name: Curcuma petiolata
  • Plant Class: Deciduous tree
  • Bloom time: Summer and fall

When you see the Queen Lily Ginger, you’ll most likely conclude that the expression “the trappings of royalty” fit this deciduous plant perfectly. At first glance, the Queen of the Lily Ginger entrances youwith its large flower inflorescences, brightlycolored in shades of red, pink, orange, and white. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll realize that these are not flowers at all but bracts (or modified leaves), and in these bracts are the plant’s real blooms that are beautiful in their own right. Quite similar to the magnificent adornments on sovereigns, is it not?

It’s because of this reason that the yellow blooms of the Queen Lily Ginger represent the beauty within or the inner person.

4. Queen Anne’s lace

  • Botanical name: Daucuscarota
  • Plant Class: Herbaceous biennial
  • Bloom time: Summer

Probably the most delicate on our list of flowers that start with Q is the Queen Anne’s Lace or DaucusCarota. The fortitude of royalty and the daintiness of lace may seem to contradict, but the reason for the Daucus Carota’spopular name is legendary.

Legend says that Queen Anne of England who was an expert lace-maker pricked her finger while working lace. Her pricked finger drips blood onto the center of the lace, which explains the tiny red-purple floret in the center of the lace-like white florets that make up the bloom of Queen Ann’s Lace.

The storied blossoms of the Queen Anne’s Lace symbolize royal refinement but also the beauty in imperfection.

5. Quesnelia

Quesnelia
  • Botanical name: Quesnelia
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Winter

Quesnelia, which belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, is a genus of plants (about 20 species) named after the patron of botany, a consul in French Guian, and a french businessman Edouard Prosper Quesnel. It is a common flowering plant in Brazil, especially in the eastern and southeastern parts.

This perennial hardy plant thrives well in masses near sea shore, swampy forests, and mountains along coasts. When it grows, it forms stiff, upright rosettes with uniquely cone-shaped and layered flowers. Although commonly bloom in winter, this is also seen producing flowers in spring and summer.

Quesnelia represents hardiness as well as endurance.

6. Quince Flower

Quince Flower Chaenomeles Speciosa
  • Botanical name: Chaenomeles Speciosa
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Late Winter, Early Spring

Native to Southeast Asia, Quince Flower is a perennial, multi-stemmed deciduous and spiny or thorny shrub that belongs to the deciduous spiny shrub family. There are only 3 species of this plant. Although they grow mostly and abundantly in Western countries, this plant is also known by the name Japanese Quince.

The flowers form in clusters featuring sepals and styles that are connate at the base. There are 5 petals that are typically orange-red, pink or white. They usually bloom from late winter to early spring that last from 10 to 14 days. They make a perfect choice for border plantings or barriers.

This flowering shrub is known to symbolize life, love and fertility. That’s why there’s a tradition in the Balkan regions that whenever a baby is born they plant this tree,

7. Queen of the Meadow (Meadowsweet)

Queen of the Meadow Meadowsweet Filipendula Ulmaria
  • Botanical name: Filipendula Ulmaria
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer

Meadowsweet is a most popular name that refers to Queen of the Meadow or Mead Wort. Other names are Lady of the Meadow, Meadsweet, Bridewort, and Meadow Queen. It is included in the Rosaceae family and native to Europe and western Asia including some parts of the Middle East. Since its naturalization, this plant also produces flowers during summer.

This plant has beautiful, graceful and sweet-smelling yet small, delicate flowers in creamy white color. There are 5 sepals, 5 petals and 7 to 20 stamens. They are formed in clusters in irregularly branched cymes. They bloom starting summer to early autumn.

Filipendula is derived from the word “filum”, which means thread and “pendulus” meaning hanging, while umaria is translated to elmlike, referring to the leaves that resemble those of the elm.

Meadowsweet symbolizes uselessness.

8. Quaker Ladies (Azure Bluet/Houstonia)

Quaker Ladies Azure Bluet Houstonia Caerulea
  • Botanical name: Houstonia Caerulea
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Late Spring to Early Autumn

Quaker Ladies, also called Azure Bluet, is a perennial flowering species in the family Rubiaceae. It is native to eastern Canada and the eastern areas of the United States.

This plant is a basal rosette foliage that blooms showy flowers in late spring that last to autumn. Each stem consists of 1 or 2 flowers with slender light green pedicels or tubular calyx having 4 linear lobes and 4 petal-like lobes, 4 stamens, a pistil with a single style. The typical color is blue with yellow shade at the center.

For better foliage and abundant, vibrant blooms, this wildflower must be planted in moist or dry-mesic conditions with full or partial sun.

Quaker Ladies or Azure Bluet symbolizes innocence, which also refers to its other name.

These are flowers thtat start with Q that can add extra beauty to any garden.

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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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