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True Blue - Do real blue flowers actually exist?

Blue Moon Lotus

Flowers come in many different colours and hues but blue is one of nature’s stranger, more mysterious shades. There are a few varieties of blue flowers out there, from forget-me-nots to hydrangeas, from irises to lotus. Blue flowers are a trick nature can pull but very often does not. This of course gives this color flower an individual style of its own and a special significance.

Vanda Blue Orchid
Forget Me Not

Some people are occasionally surprised to discover that there are very few if any naturally occurring blue varieties for regular cut flowers like roses, gerberas, carnations, orchids and chrysanthemums. If you’ve ever seen a blue version of one of these common commercial flowers then it’s very likely this is a result of the florist dying the blooms and petals to achieve this unique color. It is also worth noting violets are not in fact blue. They are violet despite the fact this completely ruins the poem.

Blue Tipped Aster

That said, the list of blue flowers is not as long as what you would find for pink or red, but there are still some gorgeous blue flowers that nature provides us with. The lighter shades of blue range from pale baby blue, like hydrangeas, to flowers with more periwinkle or lavender blue tones, like scabiosa and scilla. The darker colors range from violet blues, like hyacinths and iris, to dark blue, almost black, tones, like privet berries.


The most common blue flowers or flowers with blue variants are:

  • Forget-me-nots

  • Iris

  • Morning Glories

  • Lotus Flower

  • Petunias

  • Hydrangeas

  • Orchids

  • Asters

  • Cornflowers

  • Bluebells


That said, whether your bouquet of blue flowers are “true-blue” or artificially created. Including blue flowers naturally carries its own unique significance and meaning which in many cases are quite perfect for a bride on her wedding day.

Privet Berries
Chinese Forget Me Not

The Victorians believes that all flowers in various hues had special significance and meaning. Blue flowers offer some perfect additions to your wedding day bouquet:

Calm and Serenity

Blue is the color of calm and serenity and of course blue flowers carry a very similar meaning. They are often used as a way to ward away anxiousness and help someone going through a stressful time.

Bearded Iris


Despite it’s rather bleak connotations for being the color of sadness, blue flowers are also said to signify hope and looking to the future with positivity. This makes a blue bouquet perfect for someone who’s embarking on a new adventure.


Dreams and Clarity

It is said that blue flowers are a way to convey a dream that has been interpreted and brought to reality. This makes blue flowers fantastic for creative people in search of inspiration and of course for when you realise you’ve been longing for another person and it’s finally clear to both of you.

Blue Bells


Blue is the color of night and shade in lots of art works and for this reason it’s the ideal color for mystery. If you’re looking to add an air of the unknown and the ethereal to your bouquet then blue flowers could be the way to go.



As bride’s-to-be are always on the lookout for their “something blue,” blue flowers often provide the answer. Of course, as we’ve said before many of the usual suspects for wedding bouquets don’t have naturally occurring blue cousins. However, florist-dyed flowers often do the job pretty well when selecting a wedding bouquet.


Blue flowers are one of nature’s most curious tricks and as you can see you can say a lot with a bouquet of hydrangeas, petunias or even the rare blue orchid. What are your favourite blue flowers? Tell us in the comments below.

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