Despite what you may think, there is no such as a true blue flower in nature. The various shades that deceive us are always almost blue, varying from deep indigo to light purple. The ‘blue flower’ in literature and film is often used to represent otherworldliness and inspiration, such as the examples found in A Scanner Darkly and Batman Begins.
Here we’ve put together our favourite ‘almost blue’ flowers so even if you can’t find a true blue one in nature, you can get as close as possible.
The iris is really purple in colour and can vary from light to dark with a number of shades. It actually takes its name from the Greek word for ‘rainbow’ because of the variations of colour found within the species.
Another purple flower that is often described as ‘blue’, the cornflower is often depicted in the arts as royal blue in colour. However, it is actually a shade of purple and was once considered a weed rather than a garden flower.
Popular due to its sweet scent, the hyacinth comes in a variety of colours, including pale pink and light purple. Although many websites refer to the hyacinth being available in a blue shade, this again is not true and instead it is more of a rich indigo colour.
These are the flowers most commonly argued over when debating true blue flowers. In most photographs they can really look blue but the actual colour is a very, very pale purple and pink combination that gives the look of a blue colour.
This is a rich purple flower that is commonly found in gardens across the UK. With its tall spikes of deep violet flowers, the larkspur really stands out as one of the more beautiful flowering plants that you can grow yourself.
Originally introduced to the Azores Islands of Portugal, hydrangeas are now found across the island in abundance. In particularly you can find them on Faial, which is known as the ‘blue island’ due to the vast number of deep purple flowers found there.
Getting its name from the Greek word for ‘star’, aster refers to the shape of the narrow petals spiking out from the centre of the plant. Commonly found in light purple shades, it does come in a few varieties that look similar to a baby blue colour.
This sweet-smelling plant is used across the world as an ingredient in cosmetics, beauty products and medicine. Its wonderful fragrant blooms are also found across the UK and its colour range from pale lilac to deep violet.
Available in shades of white, yellow, pink and pale purple, the Nigella plant is mostly used as an ornamental garden plant. However its seeds are also used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines and is known as ‘black cumin’
This delicate little flower is usually found growing on the floor of woodlands and forests and is native to Europe and Asia. A little known fact about the Scilla is that a liquid extracted from its powdered squill bulbs is an expectorant used in traditional cough medicines
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