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20+ Star-Shaped Flowers you will Love to Grow

Named after the Greek word “Star,” these flowers attain asymmetrical structure, giving them a majestic appearance.

There are hundreds of native or foreign, perennial, or annual star-shaped flowers to decorate your garden, including star-shaped Dahlia, Agapanthus, Boronia, Browallia, Star Jasmine, Pentas, and Impala Lily.

However, each flower will boast different growing conditions and behavior, making them somewhat tricky to grow.

Read more to find out how to grow star-shaped flower plants.

10+ Star-Shaped Flowers (with Names and Features)

Did you know the Greek word “Star” symbolizes love, wisdom, faith, and bright color?

The star-shaped flowers may come in small or large sizes with bilaterally symmetrical shapes and vibrant or dark colors, which become a great addition to any garden.

Here is the list of selected star-shaped flowers if you want flowers shaped like stars to adorn your garden.

1. Star Jasmine 

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is a popular climbing plant that boasts heavily scented white star-shaped flowers every spring and summer.

A mature plant would reach anywhere between 3-6 feet at home and 8-20 feet in the wild with multiple star-shaped flowers that can reach 3 inches in diameter.

star jasmine
Star Jasmine will grow best in hardiness zones 3-8, and the fragrant flowers will attract many different kinds of pollinators.

This vining plant brightens the space on the trellis support but can be toxic to humans and pets.

2. Bromeliad

Bromeliads are tropical American plants found in many subtropics in America and Africa.

Known for showy star-shaped flowers, Bromeliad does not blossom but produces modified leaves called bracts which resemble flowers.

These plants bloom for 3-6 months throughout spring and summer.

The mature plant will reach between 2 and 3 feet and grow best in humid, tropical areas.

Though Bromeliads look like amateur bloomers, they only flower once in their entire life.

If you love the beautiful foliage and flower of Bromeliads, you would want to read 15 Bromeliad Varieties.  

3. Pentas 

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are flowering bushes that grow up to 6 feet and bloom throughout the summer in an ideal environment.

They grow best in hardiness zones 10-11, but you can also grow them as an annual in cold-winter areas.

Pentas, also known as Egyptian Stars, boast flowers in bold hues of red, white, lavender, pink, and purple.

Unlike other star flowers, the Pentas flower remains smaller, only 5-10 cm in diameter.

Akin to the family Rubiaceae, Pentas blooms in clusters at the tips to create landing pads for pollinators.

4. Orchid Dahlia

Dahlias are America’s favorite flowers because you can find them in hardness zones 8-10.

These stunning plants boast a wide range of flowers with various shapes that bloom from late summer until fall.

Orchid Dahlias are open-centered flowers with one ray of florets surrounding a disc, where the flower ranges from red, orange, peach, pink, purple, yellow, or white color.

A mature Dahlia plant will reach about 4 to 5 feet tall and come back yearly with fresh blossoms.

Since the Victorian Era, people have used Orchid Dahlia flowers at weddings for their meaning of “commitment and an immortal union.”

5. Impala Lily

Impala Lily, also known as Desert Rose or Sabi Star, is a native South African plant that grows best in a dry climate.

It naturally grows in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

The mature plant can grow about 5 to 7 feet in the wild and boast star-shaped bloom with white inside and bright pink edges.

Desert rose flowers may measure about 5 cm in diameter and are poisonous.

Interestingly, Impala lily flowers blossom throughout the year when weather conditions are ideal. 

6. Agapanthus

Agapanthus is popularly known as the African lily or lily of the Nile in Britain and is often referred to as the flower of love.

Like Impala Lily, Agapanthus is native to southern Africa, growing in shady areas, and protected from the heat.

You would find about ten species of perennials in the Agapanthus family, growing from the height of 8 inches (20 cm) to 6 feet (1.8 m).

It boasts round clusters of funnel-shaped, brightly colored flowers in the shape of a star throughout spring and summer.

While most flowers attain purple or blue, some may even become white. Some species boast thick belt-like leaves, while others may have grassy blades.

Today, 500+ Agapanthus cultivars and hybrids are available, and many of them produce flowers in blue or white shades.

7. Boronia

Boronia is also a flowering plant with about 160 species that grow as shrubs, herbs, or small trees.

However, one thing is familiar with each Boronia species: each flower will bloom with pink blossoms.

Some Boronia boasts small waxy bell-shaped flowers, while others will display signature star-shaped flowers.

The blooms are arranged in clusters in the stipules or at the ends of the branches. Native to Australia, these beautiful flowers have long enchanted bushwalkers.

However, many Boronia species are late bloomers, where they will flower from late winter to spring.

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8. Hyacinth ‘Blue Star’

Hyacinth Blue Star is bulbs that blossom every spring with star-shaped flowers in a cone-shaped cluster.

Unlike its name, not all Hyacinth flowers retain the signature blue color. Some may become blue, pink, purple, or mauve.

Hyacinthus orientalis
Hyacinth Blue Star makes a great spring garden in the group of tulips and daffodils.

Once bloomed, these flowers will spread a sweet fragrance in the air that helps repel predators like deer and attract many pollinators.

After 2-5 years, Hyacinth Blue Star can attain a height of 30 cm and a spread of 10 cm. 

9. Bryonyeach  

Bryonia or Bryonia dioica is an English mandrake perennial from Southern and Central Europe.

It grows as a climber in its natural habitat, where it attains a height of 10 feet and bears delicate flowers in the shape of stars.

Did you know Bryony is a plant-based homeopathic remedy to relieve constipation, upset stomach, and fluid retention?

The mature plant displays large lobed leaves with pale yellow or greenish star-shaped flowers arranged in clusters.

You can choose from different Bryony species; Black Bryony (Tamus communis) and White Bryony (Bryonia dioica).

White Bryony will develop multiple stems with greenish-yellow flowers in summer.

10. Bellflower (Campanula)

As the name suggests, bellflowers are perennials that boast gorgeous purple or blue flowers in the shape of a bell.

However, these bell-shaped flowers will open up to produce pointed ends resembling blue stars throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Here are a few essential points to remember.

  • Bellflowers grow best in cool areas (USDA 4-8) with a temperate climate.
  • Depending on their native region, some grow as small groundcovers while others grow large.
  • You can grow them as border plants to repel predators like deer.
  • Do not forget to remove the spent flower to boost bushier growth.
If you are fond of bell-shaped blooms, visit 20+ selective flowers for indoor and outdoor gardens. 

11. Star of Bethlehem 

The Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) or White Star is a member of the lily family that grows from a bulb and displays signature star-shaped flowers.

A spring flowering plant blooms throughout April and May, but you must plant it in the past fall.

The flowers rise from foliage where each stem will bear 10-20 star-shaped flowers less than an inch in diameter.

The Star of Bethlehem does well in hardiness zones 4-9 in temperate climates, where it can grow to a height of 6-12 inches.

Ornithogalum umbellatum blooms unlock in the late morning or early noon and shut at sunset or in cloudy weather.

12. Stargazer Lily

Did you know the lush pink blossoms of Stargazer lily symbolize prosperity and abundance, while red ones signify passion?

A part of the Oriental Lily family, Stargazer Lily typically grows up to 3 to 4 feet and displays large star-shaped flowers in a combination of red, pink, orange, and white.

Stargazer lily displays showy star-shaped leaves
Stargazer lily displays showy star-shaped leaves.

Although lesser seen, orange and white flowers add to the plant’s decor.

Remember, these are summer bloomers where it will boast 4-12 flower blooms on each stalk.

13. Japanese Canopy

Japanese Canopy, also known as Paris japonica, is a slow-growing perennial native to Japanese islands.

The majestic plant has a height of 6-12 inches and boasts large, umbrella-like leaves in a ceremonial canopy design.

The plant displays white and showy star-shaped flowers with ten petals.

The stalk of an individual flower represents the stalk of a grass spikelet.

Paris japonica leaves resemble umbrella-like ceremonial canopies to reference the ancient Japanese kings. 

5+ Star-Shaped Flowers with Distinct Features

If you are not done with the list mentioned above, here is another list of star-shaped flowers.

Bulbophyllum1. Bulbophyllum orchid is found in various habitats , including Latin America, South Asia, Africa, and the West Indies.

2. The star-shaped flowers are scented with green, brown, or yellow petals.
Buckbean1. Also known as marsh trefoil or bogbean, it prefers soggy soil to thrive.

2. The star-shaped flower displays five petals with hairy whitish bloom.
Golden Star Flower1. It is a vibrant yellowish-orange flower in a signature star-shape that grow a few inches in diameter.

2. The plant rises about 6-8 inches throughout spring until fall.
Olivia (Hybrid of St. John’s Wort)1. A flowering shrub known to produce yellow star shaped flowers with long stamens.

2. Grown as border plants, it gets about 3 feet tall and blossom in mid to late summer.
Browallia1. Also known as sapphire flower and amethyst flower, it displays bright, star-shaped blue, purple, or white flowers.

2. The plant also boasts oval, pale green leaves that get up to 3-inches long.
Starfish Flower1. It got its name from Starfish where it displays pale yellow flower with red bands.

2. It blossoms every summer and fall and thrives in warm temperature, similar to native South Africa.
Star Magnolia1. Star Magnolia displays large white star shaped flowers that bloom every spring and summer.

2. The flower resembles white star and thrives in hardiness zones 4-9.
Edelweiss1. It is native to high mountains of Asia and Central Europe.

2. It displays vivid white flower with asymmetrical petals and wooly texture.

3. There are over 40 known Edelwiss species.
Glory-of-the-Snow1. Glory-of-the-Snow boasts pale blue flowers with whitish center early spring.

2. It produces 6-10 one-inch flower that lasts up to 3-4 weeks.
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Wrapping Up

Growing star-shaped flowers require a warm region with ample sunlight, preferably Zone 4-9 or above.

Most star-shaped flowers thrive in warm weather with over 6 hours of direct sunlight.

But be careful about flowers that need indirect sunlight and cool temperature to grow well.

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