Russia is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic blooms! Here is an exclusive list of Best Russian Flowers that you can also grow!
While most of the gardeners have common flowers, you could grow something different and exciting in your yard! Here are some of the rare and Best Russian Flowers that you can try your hands on!
Check out our article on the best green flowers here!
1. Fernleaf Peony
Other Names: Itobah, Peony, Itoba
Botanical Name: Paeonia tenuifolia
USDA Zones: 4-8
Fernleaf Peony can be seen in the Balkan peninsula, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. It is a herbaceous perennial species, found mainly in the Southern regions of Russia. This variety has been considered endangered due to declining steppe spaces. The dark red, showy flowers, thrive well in rich and fertile soil, under full sun to partial shade.
2. Royal Azalea
Other Name: Deciduous azalea
Botanical Name: Rhododendron schlippenbachii
USDA Zones: 5-9
This plant mainly found in the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and Eastern Russia. This deciduous shrub offers beautiful white-pink flowers from April to May. Royal Azalea can grow up to 4-6 feet high in acidic, rich, and well-drained soil under dappled or partial shade. It is one of the best Russian flowers to grow!
3. Autumn Crocus
Other Names: Crocus ‘Conqueror,’ Meadow saffron, Naked ladies
Botanical Name: Crocus speciosus ‘Conqueror’
USDA Zones: 5-8
Autumn Crocus is a beautiful, fall-flowering species that forms large, violet, goblet-shaped blossoms, with bright orange anthers and green foliage. This lovely flowering plant is ideal for containers, borders, and rock gardens. You can grow it in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil under full sun.
4. Russian Lotus
Other Names: Indian lotus, Sacred lotus, Bean of India, Egyptian bean
Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
USDA Zones: 4-10
Russian Lotus is a national flower of India and Vietnam. It is a perennial aquatic plant that grows from the tuberous rootstock. Its variety ‘Red Russian Lotus’ has fragrant flowers, in shades of red or pink in full sun.
5. Siberian Fawn Lily
Other Name: Siberian trout lily
Botanical Name: Erythronium sibiricum
USDA Zones: 3-9
It is a bulbous perennial and a member of Liliaceae family. This ornamental plant features dark pink or purple flowers, with bright yellow anthers. It is perfect for flower beds and rock gardens. Grow Siberian fawn lily in rich humus soil, under dappled sunlight.
6. Viola Incisa
Other Name: Viola incisa Turcz.
Botanical Name: Violaceae
USDA Zones: 6-9
Viola incisa can be found in Siberia to far east Russia and North China, where it grows on meadow steppes. The exotic flowers flourish in the shades of violet-blue, with bright yellow-white centers. It does well in the spring and fall.
7. Lady Slipper Orchid
Other Name: The Large-Flowered Cypripedium,
Botanical Name: Cypripedium macranthos
USDA Zones: 5-8
Lady Slipper Orchid is native to the parts of Russia and Siberia. It belongs to the Orchidaceae family. The plant displays large purple, red, or pink pouch-like flowers that open in the late spring and early summer. Grow this flower in filtered or dappled light. It is one of the best Russian flowers to grow!
Here are some of the best Orchid varieties you can grow!
8. Golden Root
Other Names: Rose root, Aaron’s rod, Arctic root, King’s crown, Orpin rose
Botanical Name: Rhodiola rosea
USDA Zones: 2-8
It is a perennial flowering plant that can be found in the wild Arctic regions of Europe, North America, and Asia. Golden toot can be seen in many Russian cities like Altai and Tyva. The plant can grow up to 2-15 inches tall and features yellow-green flowers, with red tips.
9. Tiger Lily
Other Names: Devil Lily, Leopard Lily, Pine Lily, Columbia lily, Oregon Lily, Western Wood Lily
Botanical Name: Lilium lancifolium
USDA Zone: 4-8
Tiger lily lives up to its name with bright, showy, orange-colored flowers with black or dark crimson spots, that resemble the skin of a tiger. This easy to grow plant flowers from mid to late summer, and grows up to 2-5 feet tall, under full sun or partial shade.
10. Schrenck’s Tulip
Other Names: Species Tulip, Tulipa suaveolens
Botanical Name: Tulipa schrenkii
USDA Zone: 4-8
Schrenck’s Tulip is a member of the Liliaceae family. It is a bulbous herbaceous perennial that belongs to the Eurasian steppe. This medicinal and decorative plant features beautiful bowl-shaped flowers in red, pink, mauve, white, or yellow shades. Grow this stunning tulip variety in well-drained, loamy, and sandy soil under full sunlight.
Other Names: German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Wild chamomile, Scented mayweed
Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita
USDA Zone: 3-9
Chamomile is the national flower of Russia. This aromatic plant has daisy-like white flowers, with a distinct fragrance that resembles pineapple or apple. The plant has calming effects and used for medicinal purposes as well.
12. Russian Sage
Other Name: Salvia yangii
Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia
USDA Zone: 5-10
Russian sage is valued for its silver-gray, fragrant foliage, and lavender-purple flowers. The spiky bunch of blossoms flowers from late spring till fall. You can grow this aromatic plant in the pots of your choice. Use a well-drained soil and keep them in full sunlight.
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13. Leopard’s Bane
Other Names: Aconite, Monkshood, Wolf’s bane, Women’s bane, Devil’s helmet
Botanical Name: Doronicum
USDA Zone: 4-9
It is a perennial herb that belongs to the sunflower family. This medicinal plant produces orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers in late spring and early summer. Grow this plant in sandy, slightly alkaline, and well-drained soil under full sun.