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50+ Star Shaped Flowers: Ultimate Collection 

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Discover 50+ star-shaped flowers with symmetrical blooms that look like stars. However, each has a unique touch of beauty and requires diverse care.

Were you impressed by the beautiful magnolia or Queen’s Cup flowers? Do you know what they have in common?

Their flowers are perfect, symmetrical, and bursting with colors, making them simply catchy.

Let’s explore this group of flowers together, examining what sets them apart and which flowers belong to this category.

Despite their varying colors and sizes, they share a common trait: symmetry.

Star shaped flowers

What are the main characteristics of star-shaped blooms?

Starflowers, also known as Pentas, are plants with star-shaped pentamerous blooms. This means they have five petals arranged around a central point, creating a star-like shape. When I delved further, I discovered many flowers resembling stars with six or more petals. In this ultimate collection, you will find flowers with different numbers of petals, all sharing one common trait.

The defining feature of star-shaped flowers is the radially symmetrical arrangement of petals around a central point, creating their characteristic star-like shape.

These flowers come in a variety of colors, from red, pink, and purple to white. They encompass various species, from annual herbs like Borage to perennial bulbous plants like the star of Bethlehem.

Amsonia Tabernaemontana

List of best star-shaped flowers

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia, also known as blue or eastern blue stars, is a star-shaped perennial plant with pale blue flowers in spring and golden leaves in fall. It grows up to 2–3 feet tall and wide, forming clumps with woody stems. It may die back in winter, but new growth shoots in spring, appearing black and striking against the blue flowers.


Agapanthus, also known as lily of the Nile or African lily in the UK, is a genus of plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. Despite their common names, they are not true lilies and are native to Southern Africa. Some species have spread to other parts of the world, such as Australia, Great Britain, and Mexico. 


Alpine edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale)

The Alpine edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale) is a species of plant belonging to the genus Leontopodium, within the daisy family (Asteraceae). Renowned as one of the most iconic alpine flowers, it boasts a distinctive appearance and holds symbolic significance associated with rugged mountain landscapes, bravery, and love.


Great Masterwort (Astrantia major)

Astrantia major, commonly known as the great masterwort, is a flowering plant native to central and eastern Europe. It is an herbaceous perennial that typically grows up to 90 cm (35 in) tall and 45 cm (18 in) wide, making it an ideal star-shaped flower in your garden. With an umbrella-shaped inflorescence and greenish-white flowers tinged with reddish shades, Astrantia major blooms from June to September, attracting pollinators.

Great Masterwort
Great Masterwort

Balloon Flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus)

The balloon flower, scientifically known as Platycodon grandiflorus, originates from the Russian Far East, China, Japan, and Korea but has gained popularity in gardens across the United States. It belongs to the Campanulaceae family, which includes bellflowers and lobelias. The flower earns its common name from its distinctive balloon-like buds that open into charming star-shaped blossoms. 

Baloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Blue Milk Weed (Amsonia ciliate)

Blue Milkweed, also known as Amsonia ciliate, is a perennial plant native to the southeastern US and Texas, thriving in sandy soils. With blue spring flowers and airy foliage, it turns yellow in the fall. It prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade, though too much shade may cause stems to flop. 

50+ Star Shaped Flowers: Ultimate Collection
Borago officinalis

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Borage, also called starflower, is an annual herb from the Mediterranean region. Its bright blue, star-shaped flowers are eye-catching and edible, adding a culinary delight to your garden. Despite containing small amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, some parts of the plant are edible, and its seeds yield starflower oil.

Boronia strives in woodland

The Mount Imlay boronia, scientifically known as Boronia imlayensis, is a shrub found exclusively on the sandstone ridge near the summit of Mount Imlay in southern New South Wales. This small shrub reaches heights of about 1 meter (3 feet) and features pinnate leaves and pink to white flowers. It thrives in eucalypt woodland environments. 



Browallia is a small group of beautiful star-shaped plants, with seven species mainly being annuals but sometimes growing as shrubs. They belong to the nightshade family Solanaceae. The name Browallia comes from Johannes Browallius, a Swedish botanist, physician, and bishop. Browallia species are found across a wide area, stretching from southern Arizona through Mexico and Central America to South America, reaching as far as Bolivia.

Enchant Bryonia


Bryonia, commonly known as bryony, is a genus of flowering plants in the gourd family. These plants are native to western Eurasia and neighboring regions like North Africa, the Canary Islands, and South Asia. Bryonies are perennial herbs that climb using tendrils, and they produce either male or female flowers in clusters along the stems. Their leaves are palmately lobed, and their fruit is a smooth, round berry. Some species of butterflies and moths feed on Bryonia plants during their larval stage, but this can sometimes lead to damage in agricultural settings.


Calytrix, commonly known as starflowers, are myrtle family shrubs and native to Australia. Despite their small size, these plants boast showy and attractive flowers, which often resemble stars. Found across various regions of Australia, including the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia, Calytrix species play a significant role in the local ecosystem by attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Clematis Parisienne

Clematis Parisienne is a variety of clematis known for its elegant and striking flowers. Originating from the Clematis genus, Parisienne varieties are prized by gardeners for their resilience and ability to thrive in various climates.

Clintonia uniflora

Clintonia uniflora, commonly known as bride’s bonnet, queen’s cup, or bead lily, is a flowering plant in the lily family, Liliaceae. Its specific epithet, uniflora, refers to its single-flowered nature, setting it apart from other Clintonia species. This perennial herbaceous plant spreads through underground rhizomes and is the smallest in its genus, standing only 15 to 25 cm tall. It typically features two or three leaves at the base of a hairy stem. While usually bearing a single flower, occasionally, an inflorescence of two flowers may appear. 

Clintonia uniflora Queen
In full bloom – Clintonia uniflora Queen

Common star-of-Bethlehem (O. umbellatum)

Ornithogalum umbellatum, also known as the garden star-of-Bethlehem, grass lily, nap-at-noon, or eleven-o’clock lady, is a perennial bulbous flowering plant in the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). It grows in tufts of basal linear leaves and blooms with striking white flowers arranged in a stellate pattern during mid to late spring. These flowers, which have a green stripe on the outside when closed, open late in the day, giving rise to some of its common names. Despite being considered poisonous, parts of the plant are used in regional cuisines, and essences are sold as remedies. 


Daffodil Elka

Elka is a charming trumpet daffodil, reaching just 8 inches in height at its peak bloom. Its petals start off white, with a soft yellow cup upon opening. As the flowers mature, they turn into a bright, pure white, sparkling above the grassy foliage like a galaxy of little stars.

Desert Rose: (Adenium obesum)

Adenium obesum, commonly known as the desert rose, is a poisonous flowering plant that begin with letter D. Typically, the flowers are red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat.

Desert Rose
Desert Rose

drooping star-of-Bethlehem (O. nutans)

Ornithogalum nutans, commonly known as drooping star-of-Bethlehem, is a flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe and South West Asia. While cultivated in some areas, it has also naturalized outside its native range, including North America, where it has become invasive. 

Erinus alpinus, an alpine plant that look like star

Erinus alpinus, also known as fairy foxglove, alpine balsam, starflower, or liver balsam, is a flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae, previously categorized in the family Scrophulariaceae. It is native to Central and Southern Europe, as well as Morocco and Algeria.

European starflower or Arctic starflower (Trientalis europaea)

Lysimachia europaea, once Trientalis europaea, is a flowering plant in the primrose family Primulaceae, known as chickweed-wintergreen or arctic starflower. It’s a petite perennial herb with lance-shaped leaves arranged in whorls that turn from pale green to copper in late summer. Blooming in midsummer, it bears solitary white flowers resembling small wood anemones.

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Gillenia Tripholiata

Gillenia trifoliata, also called Bowman’s root or Indian physic, is a flowering plant native to eastern North America, from Ontario to Georgia. It grows up to 100 cm tall and 60 cm wide, with three-lobed leaves and pale pink flowers on red stems in spring and summer. Thriving in various habitats like woods and rocky banks, it’s a hardy perennial that’s earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. It’s tough, handling temperatures as low as −20 °C (−4 °F), but prefers partial shade and acidic or neutral soil. Native Americans once used its dried and powdered root as a laxative and emetic.


Chionodoxa forbesii, often known as Glory-of-the-Snow, earns its name by blooming early, sometimes even pushing through snow. Its genus name originates from Greek, with “chion” meaning snow and “doxa” meaning glory. This

Glory of the snow.
Glory of the snow.

Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)

Also known as Satin flower, Greater stitchwort is an herbaceous perennial that is 20 to 30 cm in height. It blossoms from spring to summer, boasting white star shaped blooms. Its seeds burst with a popping sound upon ripening, dispersing them. Thriving in sun or partial shade, it’s often seen along forest edges and in parks. Its sweet nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Stellaria holostea

Grewia occidentalis (crossberry or lavender star flower)

 This small, scrambling deciduous tree grows to about 3 m in height. Its purple star-shaped flowers bloom in summer, giving way to unique four-lobed berries, which lend it the common names “crossberry” and “four-corner.” These shiny reddish-brown fruits persist on the tree for extended periods and are favored by fruit-eating birds.

Gooseneck Loosestrife

Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) is a unique perennial known for its tall, arched flower spikes resembling the neck of a goose. Its star-shaped white flowers add a striking touch to gardens. The plant features lance-shaped green leaves that complement its flowers. It thrives in moist soil from mid to late summer and can become invasive if not controlled. 


Hoya carnosa, also known as porcelainflower or wax plant, is a H letter flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Native to Eastern Asia, it’s a popular houseplant cherished for its attractive waxy leaves and sweetly scented flowers. It thrives in pots and hanging baskets, making it a versatile indoor addition.


Isotoma axillaris

Isotoma axillaris, commonly called rock isotome or showy isotome, is a petite herbaceous perennial from Australia belonging to the Campanulaceae family. It blooms from September to May, typically adorned with blue or mauve star-shaped flowers. Additionally, it may be known by other names such as blue star, star flower, or Laurentia.

Spring Starflower: (Ipheion uniflorum)

The flowering plant genus Ipheion, also known as starflower or spring starflower, is a small bulbous perennial with narrow, grass-like leaves and honey-scented star-shaped flowers in spring. The flowers often appear in shades of white or pale blue. Ipheion uniflorum is native to Argentina, Uruguay, and southern Brazil but has also naturalized in other regions.

King’s Spear (Asphodeline lutea)

Asphodeline lutea, also known as king’s spear or yellow Asphodel, is a perennial plant native to southeastern Europe, northern Africa, the Caucasus, and the Levant. Commonly used in landscaping, it has historical ties to the Asphodel of the Ancient Greek underworld. 


Often called bogbean or buckbean, Menyanthes trifoliata has a flat rhizome and leaves with three parts. It grows tall spikes of white flowers with pink buds that open into star-shaped blooms edged with white hairs. This plant lives in wetlands like fens and bogs throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

Menyanthes Trifoliata
Menyanthes Trifoliata

star-shaped Myrtlus (commonly called myrtle)

The common myrtle, or Myrtus communis, grows naturally in the Mediterranean, western Asia, and Indian subcontinent. It’s an evergreen shrub or small tree with simple leaves emitting fragrant oil. The star-shaped flowers have five white petals and sepals, with many stamens, and insects pollinate them. Its fruit is a round berry, usually blue-black, but there’s also a type with yellow-amber berries. Birds eat the berries and spread the seeds.

northern starflower (Trientalis borealis)

Lysimachia borealis, also known as starflower, is a woodland perennial found in North America, blooming from May to June. It spreads through creeping rhizomes with vertical stalks. At the tip of each stalk, there’s a cluster of 5 to 10 lanceolate leaves, each up to 8 cm long, surrounding one to four white flowers on smaller stalks. These white star shaped flowers are about 15 mm across and have five to nine petals. The fruit is tiny, globe-shaped, pale blue, and matte.

Orange Blossom

The fragrant orange blossom comes from the Citrus sinensis, or orange tree, and is highly valued in perfume making and considered an aphrodisiac. It’s linked with good fortune and joy, often used in bridal bouquets and wedding wreaths. Orange blossom essence is a key ingredient in perfume. The petals can be used to make orange flower water, a common ingredient in French, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic cuisines, especially in desserts like Mexican Pan de muerto and Spanish Roscón de Reyes.

Orbea variegata

Orbea variegata, also known as the starflower, is a succulent belonging to the Apocynaceae family. It originates from the coastal areas of the Western Cape in South Africa and thrives during the winter rainy season. This species has become invasive in southern Australia. It features leafless succulent stems resembling cacti. Star-shaped flowers of this plant come in shades of off-white or yellow, often dotted with maroon markings. 

Orbea variegata
Orbea variegata

Pacific starflow (Trientalis latifolia)

Lysimachia latifolia, starflower, chickweed-wintergreen, or Pacific starflower, is a low-growing perennial with creeping rhizomes and tuberous roots. The white or pink flowers bloom in April or May, featuring 5- to 9-parted calyx and corolla with elliptic-lanceolate segments. 


Paris japonica

Paris japonica, also known as canopy plant or Kinugasasō, is a Japanese plant species found in sub-alpine regions. It’s a slow-growing perennial that blooms in July, showcasing rare and showy white star-like flowers above a single whorl of about eight stem leaves. Thriving in cool, humid, shady environments, it’s native to Japan. 

Passion flowers
Passiflora – Passion flowers

Passion Flowers

Flowers starting with letter P, Passion flowers are perennial vines and has stunning star-shaped flowers that add a tropical touch to gardens. They can grow up to 15-20 ft long but are manageable with proper care. Best suited for warm, sheltered areas, they flourish alongside other climbers like clematis and honeysuckle. 

Pentas: (Pentas lanceolata)

Pentas lanceolata, also called Egyptian star cluster, is a flowering plant in the madder family, Rubiaceae, native to Africa and Yemen. It’s popularly used in gardens, especially in butterfly gardens.


Persian Onion (Allium cristophii)

Allium cristophii, the Persian onion or star of Persia, is a flowering plant prized for its large, striking umbels of silvery-pink star-shaped flowers. These blooms, which can reach 20-25 cm in diameter, appear in early summer and are followed by attractive fruiting clusters. This plant thrives in sunny to partially shaded areas with well-draining soil and is best suited for USDA hardiness zones 5-8. However, it’s important to note that it is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses.

Popstar Phlox looks like star

Annuals are a great way to add vibrant, long-lasting color to your garden. While petunias and zinnias are popular choices, trying something unique can be exciting. One standout option is the ‘Popstars’ phlox, a variety of annual phlox (Phlox drummondii) that’s gaining popularity in the United States. These low-growing plants, also known as star phlox due to their star flower shape. They bloom in vivid colors throughout the summer and are incredibly easy to grow and create a stunning floral display, resembling a dazzling fireworks show.

Primula media (Shooting Star)

Primula media, also known as shooting star, is a flowering plant in the eastern United States and Canada. It grows in forests and prairies, thriving in calcareous areas. This perennial plant blooms in the spring, with flowers emerging from a cluster of leaves. It varies in appearance, with southern populations having white petals and northern ones displaying white to pink, lavender, or magenta petals.

pyramidal star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum narbonense)

Ornithogalum narbonense, also known as Narbonne star-of-Bethlehem, is a perennial flowering plant with bulbs underground. The name “Ornithogalum” comes from Greek, meaning “bird’s milk,” while “narbonense” refers to the French town of Narbonne.

Rose Madder (Rubia Tnctorym)

Rubia tinctorum, also known as rose madder or common madder, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the Rubiaceae family. The plant produces small pale yellow flowers in dense clusters from June to August, followed by red to black berries. Its roots, which can grow over a meter long, are harvested for red dyes used in textiles. Madder prefers loamy soils with consistent moisture levels and serves as a food source for the larvae of certain moth species.

star shaped blooms of Shooting Star Hydrangea

Shooting star hydrangea, also known as fireworks hydrangea, is known for its lace-cap-type flowers. Officially named Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hanabi’, this deciduous shrub thrives in USDA zones 5 to 9. It boasts large clusters of captivating star-shaped double flowers that persist from early summer to early fall. The blooms, typically white, can take on hues of blue or pink based on soil pH. Shiny dark green leaves with serrated edges add to its appeal, making it an attractive shrub even when not in bloom.

spiked star-of-Bethlehem (Bath asparagus, Prussian asparagus, O. pyrenaicum )

Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, known by various names like Prussian asparagus or wild asparagus, is a plant whose young flower shoots are edible, resembling asparagus. It earned the name Bath asparagus due to its former abundance near the city of Bath in England

spiked star-of-Bethlehem
spiked star-of-Bethlehem

sun star or orange star (O. dubium)

Ornithogalum dubium, also known as sun star or Star of Bethlehem, is a flowering plant native to the Cape Province of South Africa. Its Latin name, “dubium,” refers to its unique characteristics within the genus. During winter or spring, it produces cylindrical to nearly spherical racemes of flowers. The tepals can vary in color from orange and red to yellow, sometimes with a green or brown center.

Star Jasmine – another flower that resembles star

Star jasmine, also called Chinese jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), is a fragrant, evergreen climber ideal for adorning walls or fences. Its slow growth makes it suitable for small gardens. Plant it close to a seating area to relish its intoxicating aroma from small, white star-shaped flowers during balmy summer nights. While it thrives in sunlight, it can tolerate partial shade and make a great addition to any garden.

Star shaped Magnolia

Magnolia stellata, known as the star magnolia, is a slow-growing deciduous shrub or small tree from Japan. It showcases large, stunning white or pink flowers in early spring, preceding the emergence of its leaves. The star-shaped flowers vary in color from white to vibrant pink and have symbolic significance, representing purity, beauty, and renewal.

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)

Tricyrtis, a genus in the lily family, features around 20 species, often referred to as toad lilies in English. These flowering plants are native to regions spanning from the Himalayas to eastern Asia.

Wood Anemone

Wood anemone, with its affinity for sunlight and delicate demeanor, symbolizes the arrival of spring and the essence of old forests. This early bloomer thrives in broadleaf woodlands, particularly in older, undisturbed habitats where it can slowly flourish under the canopy.


Tardy Tulip (Tulipa urumiensis)

Tulipa urumiensis, the late tulip or tardy tulip, is a perennial bulbous plant in the Liliaceae family. It features linear green leaves and yellow flowers with white tips, anthers, and stamens. Native to central Asia, particularly the Tian Shan region, it thrives in rocky subalpine meadows and blooms in late April and early May.

Triteleia Foxy

Triteleia, or triplet lilies, are summer bulbs that boast charming sprays of flowers atop slender stems reminiscent of agapanthus. These flowers not only make delightful cut blooms but also attract pollinators. With minimal foliage, they complement other plants well without overshadowing them.

star shaped flowers - flowers that look like stars
Vladka Merva on April 17th, 2024

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