20 Star-Shaped Flowers for Your Garden
Flowers can come in every pattern, color and shape you can ever imagine. If you are planning your garden and looking for star-shaped flowers, then this article will help you a lot. Because I am going to present to you 20 star-shaped flowers.
Some of them love the shade, some of them love the full sun. But I am sure you are going to find the best star-shaped flower for yourself.
So, let’s get started.
Woodruff (Asperula) belongs to the Rubiaceae family. This plant can be found in the wild, usually in the woods.
Woodruff loves shady places and wet soil. Its star-shaped leaves appear in early spring, and then around April and May, the little white, star-shaped, fragrant flowers will appear as well.
This plant is a low-growing plant that can spread easily. So, if you don’t want it to get out of control, you should plant it to be surrounded by paths, so that can keep it in place.
Woodruff is often used as a herb or as a potpourri because the flowers and even the foliage has a nice hay-like scent when dried. Many people are using it as a moth repellent or a herb pillow.
Zephyrlily is also known as Rain Lily or Fairy Lily which is native to South America. This star-shaped flower loves the summer rains and a substantial amount of it. Zephirlily loves full sun but can tolerate partial shade as well.
The star-shaped flower of the Rain Lily can be white or pink and the whole plant can grow in height and spread up to 30 cm/ 12 in.
Zephyrlily is resistant to many pests because the toxic alkaloids are present in the foliage and also the flower itself.
While this lovely star-shaped flower repels pests, it attracts the pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and even birds. So, I can say that Zephyrlily isn’t only beautiful, but it is useful as well.
Zephyrlily grows along the rivers and wetlands; therefore, it would be a good choice for your pond also.
3. Spring Starflower
Spring Starflower is another star-shaped flower and as its name states, this blooms during spring. Spring Starflowers’ grass-like foliage grows 7-10 cm/ 3-4 in tall and produces multiple flower stems that are around 15 cm/ 6 in.
Its flowers come in blue, purple or white colors and prefer well-drained soil with full sun. The flowers and the foliage have a mild garlic/onion scent.
Spring Starflower is grown from bulbs and will go dormant in late spring until the next early spring. It is one of the easiest bulbs to grow.
This star-shaped flower is the nicest when is grown in rock gardens, woodland gardens or lawns.
4. Isotoma Axillaris
Isotoma Axillaris is the next star-shaped flower I will talk about.
This is also known as Rock Isotome or Blue Star. It is part of the Campanulacea family (bellflower family). From its name, Blue Star, you can deduce that this plant has blue flowers, while the foliage is mostly evergreen throughout the year, until the frost.
However, now there can be found F1 Hybrids, such as Avant-Garde, Sophia, Starshine Blue, White Star or Starlight Pink that can have white, violet or pink flowers also.
Isotoma Axillaris is a small-sized plant, but it is growing fast and it is very easy to plant. This plant is perfect as an ornamental plant in your landscape. You can plant it along the pathways, borders even in containers or hanging baskets as a filler plant.
You should grow Isotoma Axillaris in full sun to partial shade. It takes about 4 months for the plant to produce flowers, so if you grow it from seeds, you should sow it indoors in February then plant it outdoors after the last frost.
Few pests like Isotoma Axillaris, however, it is rabbit and deer resistant.
Chincherinchee is also known as Wonder-Flower or Star-of-Bethlehem. This star-shaped and white-colored flower is native to South Africa that blooms in the late summer (between June and September) and is dormant during the winter.
This plant grows from bulbs and can reach 20-30 cm/8-11 inches in height. Chincherinchee has around 7 fleshy leaves and flowers that are 15-30 cm/ 5-11 in high. The leaves die back after flowering.
The flowers are star-shaped that are very decorative and fragrant. The flowers are blooming in a circle, on the top of a leafless stem.
Chincherinchee cannot stand cold weather, so, it should be protected from frost.
When you plant Chincherinchee make sure you plant it in a full sun area, as this loves the sunshine and doesn’t require too much water. 1-2 glasses of water every week or two, should be enough for this plant.
Before watering it, you should check the soil, and water it only after this is completely dried out. Don’t water Chincherinchee when this is in a dormant phase.
Chincherinchee is perfect for borders and containers and has a long vase life (around 14 days).
6. Grass Lily
Grass Lily is another star-shaped flower that I can recommend for your garden.
This has white, lily-like, star-shaped flowers that are blooming from late spring into fall, and these flowers are followed by brown fruits.
The Grass Lily’s foliage has dark-green color and it is a narrow, linear grass-like shape.
This flower can be grown in large containers or a mixed garden. Well-drained soil is best for Grass Lily but needs a consistent amount of moisture.
If you grow Grass Lily, you can face some problems such as leaf spots, spider mites or mealy bugs.
7. Egyptian Star Flower
Egyptian Star Flower (Pentas Lanceolata) is native to East Africa and belongs to the Rubiaceae family. Its other common name is Star Cluster.
The flowers are growing in 7 cm/3-inch clusters in vibrant red, white, pink and purple colors; therefore, this plant is very popular among pollinators, especially butterflies.
The high of the Egyptian Star Flower can be between 60 and 90 cm /24 and 36 inches, however, in a frost-free zone this can get even taller (around 4 feet tall).
If the offered conditions are perfect for this plant, it can blossom continuously through the whole season, which is summer. So, it is worth paying attention to its needs.
Egyptian Star Flower needs at least 3 hours of full sun every day, however, more sun means more flowers. This plant loves the combination of high temperatures and humidity, so, make sure you keep its soil constantly moist.
8. Striped Squill
Striped Squill, in other names Puschkina Libanotica or Puschkina Scilloides, is native to Caucasus, Turkey, northern Iran and Lebanon.
Striped Squill is an annual bulb, that comes back every year. It is one of the earliest bulbs, that blooms in the late winter and early spring.
This plant looks great with other spring flowers. It is great for borders, rock gardens, small gardens or under trees or shrubs.
Striped Squill grows up to 15 cm/ 6 inches high, and its star-shaped, spicy fragrant flowers are silvery-blue with a darker blue stripe in the middle of every petal.
If Striped Squill has all the needed conditions, this can multiply easily. As this is an early spring flower, Striped Squill needs light shade and wet soil to grow well.
9. Byzantine Squill
Byzantine Squill is another star-shaped flower and it is part of the Hyacinthaceae family.
It is similar to the Striped Squill mentioned above, but the flowers’ color is bright china-blue. Byzantine Squill grows around 10-20 cm/ 4 – 8 inches in height.
This loves the sunny spots of your garden and will bloom early in the spring and will multiply and bloom year after year.
10. Two-leaf Squill (Alpine Squill)
Two-leaf Squill is an early spring bloomer also. This produces two strap-shaped, semi-erect leaves and star-shaped, gentian-blue and fragrant flowers.
Alpine Squill usually grows 7-15 cm/ 3-6 inches tall and it is perfect to be grown in a woodland garden, borders, rock gardens, under trees or shrubs.
This plant blooms early in the spring and goes dormant at the beginning of summer. It spreads easily by offsets and self-seeding.
Two-leaf Squill grows best when in full sun or light shade, and well-drained moist soil.
This variety of Squill is pest resistant, also deer, rabbit or other rodent resistant.
11. Wood Stitchwort
Wood Stitchwort, also known as Stellaria nemorum, grows as a wildflower in Britain and Northern Europe and it is part of the Caryophyllaceae family.
This can reach 60 cm/ 23 inches in height and has white, star-shaped flowers that have 5 deeply bifid petals.
Its natural habitat is in wet places and deciduous forests. Therefore, this plant can be planted in a wet spot of your garden, such as next to a pond where is shady and damp enough.
12. Star Jasmine
Star Jasmine is a climbing plant, that has small, white, star-shaped and very fragrant flowers and these are blooming during the summer.
Its foliage is an evergreen vine that loves full sun or partial shade and moist but well-drained soil.
Star Jasmine grows faster in a warm climate and slower in a cooler climate. It can spread up to 4-8 m/ 16 – 26 ft in 5 to 10 years. But we could say, Star Jasmin is not growing very fast; therefore, it can be grown even in smaller gardens.
Star Jasmine can climb easily on the walls, pergola, trellis or fence, so it can be grown as a natural fence, over a doorway or even over a bench and will be a beautiful fragrant frame.
13. Formosana Toad Lily
Formosana Toad Lily is native to Taiwan and it is a perennial that is part of the lily family.
Its flower looks like an orchid flower and its “toad lily” name refers to flowers that are spotted and have sac-like bumps as a toad.
Formosan Toad Lily has glossy leaves and erect stem that can grow 1 meter/ 40 inches tall and has small flowers that are on the top of the stem in clusters. The flowers are star-shaped, small and white with reddish-purple speckling or spots.
This plant prefers light shade. Full sun will damage its leaves, while in the deep shade cannot grow well.
Toad Lillies are deer resistant, while rabbits like the new growth. Sometimes slugs or snails eat their leaves, also some pests such as aphids can attack this plant.
Formosan Toad Lillies can be grown along a border or path, and are nice as cut flowers.
14. Japanese Toad Lily
Japanese Toad Lily is also a perennial and part of the lily family. It is native to Japan and the Philippines. In its natural habitat, it grows in shady conditions, usually on the edge of the forests or shady rock cliffs and stream banks.
Japanese Toad Lily blooms in late summer to early fall when all the other flowers are finished already. Its flowers are an inch-wide, star-shaped, white to pale purple with dark purple stigma.
Bees and other pollinators love these flowers while deer will keep away from this plant. However, rabbits and slugs like to eat fresh growth.
Japanese Toad Lily will grow best in shady and moist spots of your garden.
15. White Brodiaea
White Brodiaea is another star-shaped flowered perennial that is native to the Pacific Northwest and is part of the Themidaceae family.
This plant grows two or three strap-like leaves that can be up to 40 cm/ 16 inches long and grows flower stems that can grow up to 60 cm/2 ft long.
On the top of the stem the star-shaped flowers grow in a cluster and are usually white, but sometimes are tinted with a lavender purple.
It flowers during the spring and then goes dormant for the rest of the year.
White Brodiaea loves full sun but needs moist soil. It is often grown in butterfly or bee gardens because it is loved by pollinators, but it can be also grown in rock gardens and meadow gardens.
16. Pretty Face
Pretty Face is also known as Golden Brodiaea or Yellow Brodiaea. It is a perennial plant and native to Northern and Central California and Southwestern Oregon. Its natural habitat is coastal and inland coniferous forests.
It has two basal leaves that can grow up to 50 cm/ 19 in long and 1,5 cm/ 6 in wide. The stem can grow up to 80 cm/ 31 in tall and on the top of it you can find the flowers in a cluster.
The flowers have star shape and their color can vary from pale to bright yellow and purple-tinged white.
Pretty Face will bloom from May to July and goes dormant for the rest of the year.
17. Golden Star
Golden Star (Chrysogonum virginianum) is a perennial flower that is native to the Eastern US.
Despite that it is considered perennial, this can stay green through the whole year in climates where the winter is not too harsh.
Golden Star has small, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers and dark green foliage. This plant can grow up to 15-20 cm/6-8 inches and will bloom from spring till fall.
This plant is perfect for shady, moist spots of your garden, such as wildflower gardens, woodland and rock gardens. It can tolerate light foot traffic; therefore, it is perfect for ground cover, edging and border uses.
18. Star Tulip
Star Tulips are a variety of tulips that we all know. Tulips are native to Central Europe and Eastern Asia.
Star Tulips also come in every color and pattern, except blue. These are very popular among the spring flowers as they are blooming in the early spring and can give a nice range of colors to your garden.
Star Tulips love full sun and moist soil. They grow best in climates where the winter is cold and moist and the summer is dry and warm.
All tulips are considered perennials; however, the hybrids tend to be annual, and you will have to plant new bulbs every year. Also, if the winter is not cold enough, the bulb will not bloom because this needs 12 to 14 weeks of temperatures below 10°C/ 50°F.
Star Tulip looks great in every garden, at the base of a tree or together with other spring flowers. They look best when they are planted in clusters. Star Tulips, like other tulips, are great as cut flowers in your vase or as a gift as well.
19. Star Magnolia
Star Magnolia is a shrub that has star-shaped, white and fragrant flowers. It is native to Japan and is a deciduous shrub and blooms in early spring.
Star Magnolia loves full sun or partial shade and moist, but well-drained soil. It grows slowly, so it takes 10 to 20 years to mature. When it is fully mature, Star magnolia can reach 1.5-2.5 m/ 5- 8 ft in height and 2.5-4 m/ 8-13 ft width.
Even if you have a small garden, because Star Magnolia is slow-growing, it will not crowd your garden and can give some color to it even before other buds are starting to grow.
20. Abyssinian Sword-Lily
Abyssinian Sword-Lily has many other names such as Peacock Flower, Peacock Orchid, Fragrant Gladiolus.
This lovely star-shaped flower is native to East Africa. Loves full sun and well-drained, medium moist soil. This plant blooms in the late summer or early fall after all the other flowers are finished.
Abyssinian Sword-Lily is a perennial plant, however, if you are trying to leave its bulb in the ground for winter and you live in a cold climate, this will not survive. So, I suggest collecting all the bulbs before the first frost and replant them in the early spring.
This plant’s green and sword-shaped leaves can grow up to 60-90 cm/ 2-3 ft long, and produce star-shaped, white and fragrant flowers that have a prominent purple stain in their middle.
You can plant Abyssinian Sword-Lily in groups and they will bring a fresh look to your garden. They are perfect as cut flowers also. You can plant them in pots as well to enjoy them on your patio or near a seating area.
These are just a few of all the star-shaped flowers you can plant in your garden.
I choose to present you these 20 because they are my favorite star-shaped flowers and I think they are also easy to grow in every garden.