One who loves nature will find beauty everywhere, but flowers are perfect gems of the natural world! There are an amazing variety of brightly colored petals and smooth leaves of different shapes and sizes – it is no wonder they hold strong meaning for people. Now, imagine walking through a garden full of aromatic plants, feeling peaceful and serene. It is your little oasis, but picking which plants to grow is not an easy task. So, let’s start by picking a letter and have a look at the stunning array of flowers beginning with M.
List Of +20 Stunning Flowers That Start With M
Below, check out the prettiest flowers that start with M, and begin planning your outdoor space.
#1 Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides)
Are you looking for a plant that is super simple to grow? What about this mat-forming sort? It has dark green leaves. Flowers vary from white to red, growing singly or in a bunch of flowerheads. They do not have a scent, but the look is cute! They work especially well in rock gardens. Make sure to have full sun and drainage.
#2 Mammillaria dixanthocentron
Mammillaria dixanthocentron is a cactus which is easy to maintain and will grow relatively quickly. It will bloom every summer for years if you give it the right conditions. It requires good drainage, and neutral or slightly alkaline cactus mix soil. It needs direct sun – but some afternoon shade is okay. This robust cylindrical cactus has pink-purple flowers.
#3 Mammillaria formosa
This could be the most beautiful cacti out there. It has small green ball-like form covered by brown spines. The flowers are small, between 3-5mm, and range in color from almost pure white to peach. Sometimes they are even pink. When should you expect it to blossom? Over various weeks in late spring. Sun should be direct or partly shaded. Like all cacti this species has a high tolerance for drought.
#4 Mammillaria haageana
Mammillaria haagaena is a globular or cylindrical cactus with thick white spines and white wool. It can grow both singly or in clusters. Flowers resemble a funnel, and the hue can be white, yellow, pink, or red. These tones contrast perfectly with the white wool! Also, it can produce red-colored fruits. This plant is somewhat easy to grow since it can tolerate drought and has a high ability to store water. You can have it as a houseplant as well.
#5 Mammillaria perezdelarosae
Mammillaria perezdelarosae is one of the prettiest cacti species. It is nearly completely covered in spines. The flowers are white to pink and small, yet there are many of them. Bear in mind that it will need bright sunlight, very good drainage, and occasional watering. Also, it will not tolerate a hard frost, and you will have to bring it indoors if it is freezing outside. Just put it by a sunny window or under a cultivation light.
#6 Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita)
Artostaphylos manzanita is a tall, and pretty plant. The flowers are tiny and white, and in the shape of a cup, but hanging upside down. The leaves are glossy green. It has berries that are also white but in summer change color to red-brownish. Manzanita grows the best in direct sunlight or in part shade. Plus, it does not require a specific kind of soil.
#7 Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
Would you like to draw beneficial pollinators into your garden? To have lovely flowers that, besides being aesthetic, are also edible and can be used for natural dyes? Marigold is what you need! Flowers are in yellow, orange, red, or maroon hues. And make sure to give it direct sunlight!
#8 Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
The heart-shaped leaves of this plant are particularly charming. Even more so if they are glossy! The stems are thick, and flowers are buttercup-like. The color of the flowers is a vivid bright yellow and can be enjoyed in the spring! Place it in full sun or part shade! It is a wetland plant so requires a very wet area of soil.
#9 Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa)
Do you enjoy strong-smelling flowers? We love how Marvel of Peru smells! The flowers of this annual, bushy plant have a broad spectrum of colors including pink, rose, red, magenta, yellow, and white. Plus, they can be bicolored! Take note that it draws birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies – thus, you will have a little show in your yard! It needs full sun to part shade, and the flowers open fully in the afternoon.
#10 Matucana (Matucana aureiflora)
You may hear that Matucana aureiflora grows slowly but this is only in their natural habitats – in greenhouses, they develop fast. All you have to do is make sure the temperature does not go under 10° C. Also, too much sunlight is not good, but some direct sun is helpful. Plus, you must re-pot it each year to give it fresh soil. This globular cactus has yellow to golden flowers which stay open day and night, in both spring and summer.
#11 Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)
People love sunflowers because they move their face towards the sun – thus, it reminds them of positive vibes. This type of tall sunflower has big and narrow leaves and beautiful, plentiful flowers. The petals are bright yellow while the center is green to dark brown depending on the stage of maturity. It will grow the best in full sun. It is also deer-resistant and the showy blossoms will draw birds and butterflies.
#12 Mazus (Mazus reptans)
Mazus is a tiny plant yet with a thick mat of foliage that will be green though all seasons except winter. However, it can be evergreen in warmer winter conditions. Flowers are small but numerous, in a calming lavender color. It will grow quickly, and you may need to place barriers to prevent it from spreading too much. Also, it requires full sun or partial shade. Moisture is fine if the roots are not standing in water. And it prefers fertile, loamy soil. Place where you wish, including rock gardens!
#13 Meadow Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)
This European cultivar grows to 20 to 80 centimeters (8 to 31 in) tall by 90 cm (35 in) wide. That is, if conditions are right: it requires humid soils and part shade. The blossoms appear in June and July, with long, individual flowers in a rose-pink tone. The fruit is a shining, black sphere. It is also deer-resistant.
#14 Meadow Rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium)
This perennial possesses exceptionally beautiful flowers! It will grow the best in a humid woodland environment, and it needs full sun to part shade. If it is placed in full sun, make sure it has enough water. If the moisture content is right, it can tolerate hot summers. Meadow Rue has fragile, lacy blue-green foliage. The flowers are in pink and purple shades.
#15 Meadow Sage (Salvia pratensis)
Meadow Sage is a clump-creating, woody perennial plant. It has oval leaves and vertical stalks bearing large groups of violet-blue (rarely pink or white) petals. The blossom occurs in early to mid-summer and it will draw butterflies! It is another deer-resistant species and needs full sun. You will love both how it looks and its smell. A bonus on all of it is that it is easy to grow.
#16 Mediterranean Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii)
This oddly beautiful flower is a great choice for a dry and sunny area. Leaves are dark green and densely veined in silver. And the flowers are prickly with a silver-blue color. They can be cut and put in a vase, creating some lovely structure to a bunch of flowers. The plant will grow to medium size, thus it is suitable for the border or in mixed containers.
#17 Melocactus (Melocactus bahiensis)
We are in love with cacti. There are no other plants that are so odd and incredible. And maybe, the oddest of them all is the Melocactus bahiensis! The size is small, and the shape is globular. It has deep ribs and is decorated with many short spines. But what makes it so special? The dark red crowning cephalium! In fact, it is a thick collection of wool and fibers – but it is only created when the cactus matures fully. Both flowers and fruits are pink. Remember it needs full sun, and let the soil completely dry out before watering.
#18 Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
This evergreen perennial is noted for its thick-stalked, bountiful flowerheads and capacity to create an engaging late summer blossom of showy petals. The testure is hairy yet soft. The stunning flowers are dual-colored, white with a purple calyx. It will draw butterflies, hummingbirds, and other useful pollinators. Plus, it is deer-resistant. You can plant it in mixed beds or utilize it for floral arrangements. Besides, it is another plant which is easy to grow.
#19 Mexican Fire Barrel (Ferocactus pilosus)
Are you looking for a bit of a rarer species? Here you go! This cactus has characteristic solid red spines and yellow flowers – red and yellow make a perfect combination in this species. Even the fruits they produce are in a yellow-red tone! Make sure it has full sun to maximise growth conditions!
#20 Mexican Shrubby Spurge (Euphorbia cotinifolia)
Why do we like Euphorbia cotinifolia? For its vivid leaves and showy, white flowers. It tolerates rabbits, and it is deer-resistant – there are no major problems in growing this species, but make sure soils are well-drained and that it has full sun. Also, if you prefer, you can keep it smaller and grow it in a container. If so, during the winter, it should be indoors. That might confuse you since it is evergreen but only in mild climates. The cold will cause it to lose leaves.
#21 Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
There are many types of magnolia, but the most known is southern magnolia – they are loved for their massive flowers. Apart from being beautiful, they also have a sweet, plesant aroma. The hue varies from pink, purple, white, and yellow but they can even be bi-colored. The fruit is cone-shaped, and it attracts songbirds. While it tolerates part shade, it will thank you for direct sunlight. Plus, it does not ask for much care: just water it regularly while young and it might end up living up to 100 years!
#22 Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus)
Do you need something to make your front yard look stunning? Or to tuck between plants in mixed containers? You can use this thick, evergreen, mondo grass. The color is somewhere between purple and black and in summer you can expect pink blossoms. In fall, it will produce purple berries. Give it full sun, and you will make your garden more interesting than ever before.
Flowers That Start With M: Q&A
1. How Can I Choose A Good Plant?
First of all, when choosing a good plant, you should consider if it is healthy. You can do this by searching for any possible insects on the underside of leaves. Then make sure it does not have drought stress or a nutrient deficiency, usually shown by yellow foliage. The second step is to consider whay you like – how would you like your garden to look? Shortlist them and see to which ones require the conditions your garden provides.
2. Do Indoor Plants Require Sunlight?
Each plant has different demands for watering and light. Some ask for full sun, which can be hard to obtain inside a home. What you can do is put them next to a window or buy a growing light.
The Bottom Line
Finding a perfect plant is not an easy task, even if you are an experienced gardener. It takes a lot of time, patience and a willingness to learn. Thus, we hope our list inspired you by showing you just a few of the most beautiful flowers beginning with M.