When we hear the word “flower,” a smile appears on our faces. Flowers are a charm of beauty that attracts both humans and animals worldwide. But do you know the original name of a flower in bloom?
Flowers represent power, purity, and awareness. Our scriptural passages, folk tales, and ancient myths underline their importance in human life. Their presence makes us happier and our surroundings more beautiful. Not to forget how a flower instills a sense of peace in our lives.
This article will discuss various flowers that begin with the letter L. So, let us kickstart.
15 flowers that start with the letter L
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Lotus is undoubtedly the most common and prominent flower worldwide. The botanical name of the Lotus is Nelumbo nucifera. Its other common names include sacred Lotus and Indian Lotus. The plant is one of two existing species of the Nelumbonaceae family. The Lotus represents piety, glamour, dignity, fertility, wealth, knowledge, and peace. That is why the Lotus is the National flower of India.
Note that the Lotus plant is ideal for both outdoor and indoor settings. However, the majority of the people prefer planting it outdoors, in their yards and rock gardens. For Hindus and Buddhists, the Lotus is a famous sacred flower. Though the meaning differs slightly between religions, it is a significant symbol in all.
The scientific name of lupine is Lupinus perennis. Lupine or lupin is a tall yet showy flower that belongs to the Fabaceae family. It has roughly 200 species, the majority of which are edible. Lupines grow in abundance across North Africa and the Mediterranean region.
Although they are more notable in western North America’s grasslands, the lupin flour represents creativity, adoration, and overall joy. The lupin gives the energy of inner determination to recover from tragedy, whether presented as a gift or grown in your garden. Giving a gift teaches the recipient that having an optimistic attitude leads to new opportunities. This flowering plant is a rich food source and has ornamental importance. Texas bluebonnet is one of the most popular ornamental lupines in the world.
The scientific name of lily is Lilium. It is one of the prominent flowers that grow from bulbs or stem propagation. There are 80 to 100 species in the genus Lilium that reach up to a height of 2-6 feet since they are perennials.
The plant grows in USDA hardy zones 5 to 8. Lilies are prominent in much of the world’s culture and literature and come in various colors. There are different types of lilies, for example, Asiatic lilies, oriental lilies, border lilies, double lilies, Easter lilies (Longiflorium lilies), and so on.
Lilies exemplify purity and loyalty. Yet their importance varies depending on their color, culture, and type. Moreover, lilies also symbolize rebirth and motherhood according to the Greek story of Hera and Zeus.
Another well-known and widespread flower is Lavender. Its scientific name is Lavandula. It is an evergreen plant from the Lamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, that is home to roughly 47 identified plant species.
Besides its bright purple appeal and aroma, it is worth noting that the plant is more than just an aromatic flower. Its works against various ailments. As you might know, Lavender oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it helpful in dealing with minor burns and insect bites.
Also known as Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris, Linaria is a flowering plant with over 150 species. Linaria is a scientific word that translates to Linum or flax. In the Antirrhineae tribe, this plant has enormous herbaceous perennials and annuals. You get the tremendous diversity of Linaria in the Mediterranean regions. It has a variety of purposes, but its most common application is in medicines to treat digestive and urinary tract diseases. It also treats the problem of excessive sweating, reduces inflammation, and relieves water retention. Its water boosts urine production as a diuretic. You can also treat hemorrhoids, wounds, skin rashes, and foot ulcers with yellow toadflax by directly applying its thick paste to the skin.
By hearing the name Lungworts, you may think about its appearance, and it is wise to believe in that manner. However, it is not entirely true. The scientific name of Lungeorts is Pulmonaria Officinalis. It is a genus of the Boraginaceae family. Interestingly, the plant is endemic to Europe and western Asia, with one species in eastern and central Asia.
Lungworts is a perennial that is either evergreen or herbaceous. It grows above the ground and has several medicinal uses.
This shade plant is not only beautiful but also remarkably hardy. Lungwort thrives in damp environments, although it can also thrive in drier ones if adequate shade is supplied. However, the plant will wilt if placed in direct sunlight. Therefore, I recommend planting them under trees where other plants may not struggle.
Although most people consume lungwort flowers or their juice to treat ailments such as breathing problems, stomachaches, deficient intestine, and kidney and urinary tract problems, there are no scientific validations yet. Lungwort is a natural plant that might also work against lung disorders, tuberculosis, cold & cough, and reduce fluid retention.
The scientific name of Lilac is Syringa. It is a woody plant from South-Eastern Europe and eastern Asia. The plant hails from the olive family. Another common name for Lilac is Syringa vulgaris. It is a flowering plant that comes in various colors and fragrances. These shrubs are members of the Oleaceae family, including over 20 plant species such as olives, ash, and jasmine. They are native to the Balkan Peninsula and grow on rocky hills.
It is famous for its aromatic flowers in the spring. You can associate it with spring and rejuvenation, yet they have varied cultural connotations. Celtics considered the plant magical, and in Victorian times, they represented old love. Purple lilacs signify spirituality, whereas white lilacs represent purity and innocence. The magenta lilacs represent love and passion.
8. Lemon balm
Melissa officinalis is the scientific name of Lemon Balm, whose other titles include lemon mild. It is a perennial herbaceous plant from the mint family. Although it has become invasive in most regions, it is still widespread in South-Central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia.
For generations, this plant has been of great importance as a decorative plant in gardens and its medicinal benefits.
Lemon balm is a simple plant to grow in the home garden. It prefers partial shade over direct sunlight. You can also combine it with other herbs such as basil or oregano. You should not grow it alone since it can become invasive.
When lemon balm is in flower, it attracts bees and other insects. It is famous as a culinary and medicinal herb and a garden ornamental in temperate areas. Some Lemon Balm species relieve tension anxiety, promote sleep, increase appetite, relieve gastrointestinal pain and discomfort. However, scientific research is still unavailable in the above cases.
9. Lily of the valley
The scientific name of Lily of the valley or lily-of-the-valley is Convallaria majalis. It is a moisture-loving plant native to Asia and Europe in the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere. However, it is now endemic to North America. The best aspect of the plant is its low maintenance needs. This low-maintenance plant does not ask for much to thrive.
The lily of the valley flower is one of the most fragrant flowers you’ll ever come across.
Traditional feminine ideals such as virginity, motherhood, delicacy, and purity connect with this beautiful bloom. Each lily type has its own set of characteristics. Each lily type translates to a different meaning. However, the most popular connotations are purity and fecundity. The lily flower’s lovely and innocent beauty has made it synonymous with new life and rebirth.
The main cultivators of the plant are Convallaria majalis ‘Albostriata’, Rosea, Convallaria majuscule ‘Greene’, and so on. Note that the plant is poisonous. Hence, please keep it away from pets and children.
10. Love in a mist
Love-in-a-mist is an annual herbaceous plant. It belongs to the buttercup family. It is an annual plant native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. However, its growing popularity has made its cultivation spread worldwide in temperate climates.
Love-in-a-mist is a lovely cottage garden plant that works well as a filler. It finds uses as a spice in the Middle East and pepper in Europe. It grows upright to a maximum height of one to two feet. It produces colorful flowers in the shades of pink, purple, white, and blue.
Though there are over 15 varieties of love-in-a-mist, the most popular is the traditional Miss Jekyll Indigo. It consists of bright and slightly fragranced blue flowers.
11. Leopard’s Bane
The scientific name of Leopard’s Bane is Doronicum. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is native to Europe, southwest Asia, and Siberia. Being a perennial, it blossoms in the spring and summer. Out of all the color variations, its yellow daisy-like flower heads look the most attractive to plant lovers.
Interestingly, Leopard’s Bane blooms about the same time as the last of the daffodils. It is a low-maintenance plant that’s great for getting a flower border started or for growing near the front of a shrub border. It can handle some soft shadow; however, I recommend full sun for optimal growth.
Because its foliage emerges early, you can plant its clusters in front of giant hybrid daffodils to hide the foliage as it fades. They also look great in a natural spring display with cowslips on a grassy bank.
12. Large Yellow Foxglove
The large yellow foxglove might appear a wildflower to you; however, it is not so. It is a flowering plant from the Plantaginaceae family and is native to Central Europe, Siberia, and Turkey. The plant grows well in the USDA hardy zones 3 to 8.
Appearance-wise, the plant features soft and lush foliage that grows up to 12-inches to 18-inches. However, the flower spikes shoot to roughly 3 feet upon maturity.
Most people bring home large yellow foxglove for their lovely flower spikes that fit most woodland and cottage gardens. Furthermore, the plant also blends well with all excellent and hot colors.
13. Love Lies Bleeding
The common name of Love Lies Bleeding is Amaranthus caudatus. It is an annual flowering plant from the Amaranthaceae family. Its common names list includes velvet flower, quilete, tassel flower, foxtail amaranth, and more.
The plant became popular during the Victorian era. Love Lies Bleeding signifies hopelessness or hopeless love in Victorian floral lore. On the other hand, Love Lies Bleeding has a religious significance, which refers to Jesus’ self-sacrifice. It forms a great addition to borders and garden beds. Another exciting aspect of the plant is its low maintenance after the seeds sprout.
Lavandin or Lavandula closely resembles Lavender in appearance and fragrance. However, both are different in several other aspects. For example, Lavandin is from the Lamiaceae family and includes 47 other species.
It is native to Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Europe, Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, and India. When dried, Lavandin flowers keep their scent and color. Hence, the plant is a popular flower for sachets and potpourris. Topical therapies, herbal infusion blends, and culinary preparations can all benefit from them.
The plant is rich in aromatic oils. Hence, you will find Lavandin a common component in cosmetic items. Another difference between Lavandin and Lavender is the high camphor content in the former. Hence, its other applications are in aromatherapy treatments.
Note that the flower blooms once a year. However, the flowers are quite bigger and fuller than those of Lavender.
The scientific name of Lobelia is Lobelias. It is a flowering plant from the Campanulaceae family and is native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Some modern species are also common in cooler temperate regions of late.
The plant’s main attraction is its medicinal properties. Out of its all medicinal species, the most prominent is Lobelia inflata. This species features tall green stems, broader leaves, and small violet-blue flowers.
It provides immediate relief in depression, asthma, and other issues. However, refrain from consuming the plant in high quantities as it may prove toxic in such situations.
Lobelia is one such plant whose flowers, seeds, and leaves are edible and of great use to humans and animals. You can either dry these up or boil them in fresh water for best results.
The flower plays an important role in our lives. Not only for expressing love but also for treating ailments as discussed above. Flower messages have varied over the centuries. They fulfill the responsibility to bring happiness to your life and make your surrounding the most beautiful place to live in.
Even the fragrance of the flowers helps to reduce stress and regenerate the soul. It is hard to imagine how any place would appear without a flower! Thus, you should plant more flowers at home or in the garden because, without flowers, the world looks like a dull place.