15 Orange Perennial Flowers

Beautiful orange perennial flowers in shades of bright orange, apricot, peach and coral

If you love the color orange, there are many different perennials you can plant in your garden for a spectacular display of orange colored flowers.

In this article I’ve put together a list of the most popular and easy to grow orange perennial flowers that will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects to your garden. 

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Orange perennial flowers


1. Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus)

Ranunculus, also known as Rose of the Spring and Persian Buttercup, is a hardy perennial flower that will grow in a range of conditions as long as their roots are cool and moist.

The flower petals are ruffled and layered and come in a variety of colors including orange, pink, red, purple, white and yellow.

Ranunculus grows from tubers and each tuber can produce up to 40 flowers, so you only need a few plants for a spectacular display.

In warm climates, the tubers can be left in the ground during the winter months, but in cool climates the tubers will need to be dug up and stored indoors over the winter.

Rose alternative flowers

2. Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

Perennial poppy flowers are classified as short-lived perennials because they only live for 2 to 3 years.

They come in a variety of colors including orange, yellow, red and pink.

Poppies are great for brightening up the garden and they grow best in a position with full sun.

Orange poppies

3. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)

Daylilies are hardy perennials with beautiful bright flowers in colors of orange, red, pink and yellow.

The flowers are very short lived, only opening for one day and then dying off, but each flower stem has about a dozen flower buds, so you’ll have blooms for a couple of weeks.

Daylilies grow best in full sun, but in hot climates they may need some shade in the afternoon.

orange daylily flower

4. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, come in hundreds of varieties and many different colors including yellow, pink, white, red, purple and orange.

They grow best in a position with full sun and can reach 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimetres) high and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Chrysanthemums flower from late summer to late fall and can be cut back after flowering to keep them looking tidy.

orange chrysanthemum flowers

5. Dahlia

Dahlias are stunning flowers that come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

They bloom from late summer into fall and can be orange, red, pink, purple or yellow.

Dahlias can be grown from tubers or seeds and some varieties can grow 5 to 6.5 feet (1.5 to 2 m) high.

They grow best in a position with full sun and need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.

orange dahlias

6. Iris (Iris germanica)

Irises are hardy perennials that can grow 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) tall.

They’re frost tolerant and grow well in full sun to part shade and bloom from early spring.

Irises can be divided when they’ve finished flowering by removing the old middle section of the plant and replanting the newer growth in the outer sections.

orange iris

7. Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Sneezeweed, also known as False Sunflower or Helenium, is a hardy perennial with brightly colored flowers that can be orange, yellow or red.

It can grow 1 to 5 feet (30 to 150 cm) tall and may need to be staked to protect against strong winds.

Sneezeweed needs to be deadheaded regularly to increase flowering and it can be cut back to ground level in the fall.

The plants can be divided every 3 years to keep them healthy.

helenium flowers

8. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Bird of Paradise is a tropical plant with stunning brightly colored flowers that look like flying birds.

The flowers can be orange, yellow, blue or purple in color.

Bird of Paradise grows best in warm, tropical areas but it can also be planted in containers in cooler climates and moved indoors when the weather starts to cool down.

Unusual plant

9. Lantana (Lantana camara)

Lantana has clusters of small flowers including some beautiful shades of orange.

It can be grown as an annual or perennial and looks great in the garden or a container.

You can also grow trailing varieties of lantana in hanging baskets.

Lantana grows best in full sun and needs well-draining soil.

orange lantana blooms

10. Rose

Roses are always popular in flower gardens and there are lots of beautiful orange colored roses ranging from bright orange to pastel orange to choose from.

Roses bloom in the spring and the flowers are beautifully scented.

Rose bushes usually grow 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) high and they need to be pruned back each year.

orange rose

11. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly Weed, also known as Orange Milkweed, is an ideal orange perennial flower for attracting butterflies, bees, lady beetles and hummingbirds to your garden.

It blooms from summer until the first frost, so you can enjoy the bright orange flowers for many months.

Butterfly Weed re-seeds rapidly, so if you don’t want unwanted plants sprouting in your yard, you’ll need to cut off the seed pods before they open. [1]

12. Canna Lily (Canna indica)

Canna lilies are low maintenance perennials that grow from underground rhizomes.

The flowers can be orange, yellow or red with maroon, green or variegated foliage.

Canna lilies can be planted in full sun or part shade and in cool climate areas they can be grown as annuals.

orange canna lily

13. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Gerbera daisies are brightly colored perennial flowers that come in a range of colors including orange, red and yellow.

They’re popular as cut flowers and great for adding color to the garden.

Gerberas grow best in warm climates in a position with full sun and sandy soil.

orange gerbera daisy

14. Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)

Red Hot Poker, also known as poker plant and torch lily, is a beautiful tall perennial plant that really stands out in the garden.

It can grow up to 5 feet (150 cm) high and spread out to 3 feet (90 cm) wide so it needs lots of space in the garden.

Red hot poker plants grow best in full sun and they’re great for attracting birds and butterflies to your garden.

red hot poker flowers

15. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

California poppies are perennial flowers that are also grown as annuals because they re-seed easily.

The orange colored flowers have four petals and they grow 6 to 12 inches high.

California poppies grow best in sandy, well-drained soil and prefer full sun. [2]

california poppies

So there are 15 easy to grow orange perennial flowers.

These flowers are sure to brighten up your yard and attract lots of birds and beneficial insects to your garden.


Which of these orange perennials do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Best Orange Perennial Flowers For Your Garden

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Scott DeNicola

    We planted bird of paradise for the first time this year and is the absolute coolest looking plant when it blooms. We had to do them in containers because it’s too cold outside year round. We also love gerbera daisies. We get them every year around Easter time and have them throughout the warm weather. Love all of these orange flowers.

  2. Dreams Abroad

    What a great write-up on orange flowers. Orange is my favorite color and Chrysanthemums are one of my favorite flowers My brother is a beekeeper and these flowers really attract bees.

  3. Britt K

    I am a HUGE lover of roses of all colours. There are so many incredible options and the beauty of a rose is so classic. I recently ordered seeds for black roses and I can’t wait to see what they look like when they bloom.

  4. Aryanne Padilha

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m obsessed with Dahlias, one of the most beautiful flowers. I also love the poker plant, it’s so unique and attracts the prettiest butterflies!

  5. LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia

    These flowers have so many beautiful hues of orange. I’ve never seen poker plants, they are so cool!!

  6. Julia

    I love orange color in general, and some of the flowers you listed are on the list of my favorites. I’m not good at gardening, and the only orange flowers I have in my garden are daylilies and irises. I tried planting poppies, but they didn’t sprout.

    I do love cut flowers, and my husband often gives me the orange ones: roses, dahlias, Bird of Paradise, gerbera. He can rarely find Ranunculus in the stores, but they are at the top of my list of favorites (maybe because I don’t get them often 🙂 )

    Thank you for putting the list together of 15 orange perennial flowers with the beautiful pictures. I didn’t even know that they all were perennials.

    All the best,
    ~ Julia

  7. Lene Andersen

    I love the orange flowers! The more vibrant, the better. I actually recently wondered whether Gerbera daisies could be grown outside of a greenhouse and you just confirmed that they can. Forwarding this to my sister, who has a lovely garden that needs more orange flowers.

  8. Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    Orange Lillies and roses are both favorites of mine. We have a park nearby that grows a ton of roses and my husband and I visit every spring and summer to enjoy the roses. The orange and yellows are my go-to to stop and enjoy. Orange flowers always seem more rare than other colors. Not sure why that is, but it never seems to be a popular color.

  9. Lyanna Soria

    Those are all wonderful looking perennial flowers you got there. I personally like Poppies, Dahlia and Sneezeweed.

  10. Alexandra Christensen

    Gosh, I end up loving all of these plants, though I am so glad you give a brief description of what they need to get the maximum bloom from them because I have such a green thumb that most of them wouldn’t last well in my yard I’m afraid. I often find myself wishing plants would bloom and then it would just stay that way all the time so that your yard can always look pretty. Sometimes I’m not so sure it would be worth it to me to go through so much trouble planting and caring for a plant that will only be in bloom such a short while. In any case, thanks for giving such complete information!

  11. Kayleigh

    I love all your posts about flowers by colour. It’s so useful! My neighbour a couple doors down has had the most gorgeous poppies the last couple years – makes me think I want to try them in my front yard too! I have a very full sun, hot front yard so I am a little limited with what works there. But my neighbour’s success makes me think poppies could work for me too. Also maybe the Dahlias!

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