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30 Different Types of Brown Flowers (2022 List: A to Z Photos & Info)

The prettiest brown flowers.

Brown is beautiful. Not everyone would pick brown as being their first choice for a flower arrangement or as the centrepiece in their garden but brown flowers are fare more beautiful than you may originally expect.

Brown evokes feelings of security, warmth, and comfort. It is a natural color that is seen as stable and connected to the earth. It sets a mood of reliability, dependability, and competence. Yellows in the subtle light register as brown, providing subtle cues that everything is right with the world.

Everyone who loves flowers should seek out brown flowers. There are brown flowers for indoor arrangements and outdoor gardens. There are brown flowers for small plantings and large plantings and naturalized landscapes and fields.

There are so many shades of brown, and a brown floral arrangement would be perfect for a fall flowers themed special occasion. Keep reading on to be further convinced that every gift basket should include not only chocolate, but also a bouquet of brown fresh flowers.

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Raising Brown FlowersA close up of the gorgeous brown flowers of the cymbidium hybrid.

Buying brown flowers from florists tends to be easier than raising them on your own, but raising your own brown flowers gives you a chance for an abundant display. Chances are that you will kill a lot of brown flowers on your way to becoming an expert in growing them — I would know.

In 40 years of gardening, I have managed to kill every flower in this article, usually by overwatering or giving plants too much fertilizer. (Just ask any honest orchid grower if they ever accidentally killed a prize plant.) But if you just relax and let your plants grow at a natural pace, they will reward you with days, weeks, and even months of wonderful, brown blooms.

Orchids

That principle is particularly true of raising brown orchids. Let’s take a look at the beautifully brown orchids you can nurture with copious background information and a lot of practice. Orchids are famously fussy plants, but there are actually many orchid species that are surprisingly easy to raise! (They just need to come with an owner’s manual)

We chose to go through orchid care because they are one of the most misunderstood house plants there is! They can be very intimidating to grow, but if you do your research according to each orchid species, you’ll be graced with amazing blossoms before you know it.

Sun Exposure

Orchids thrive in strong light but need protection from the afternoon sun. (The dendrobiums tolerate more afternoon sun than other species of orchids.) They need air circulation around their roots so the roots can dry out, but the roots also need frequent misting to provide moisture.

Temperature

Although orchids are grown in tropical settings, most orchids are sensitive to excessive heat and actually prefer their surroundings to be on the chilly side. Most tropical orchids do best at temperatures between 50° F (10° C) and 85° F (29° C).

Potting

The orchids you can buy in supermarkets come packed in peat moss in tight plastic pots. These are not ideal growing conditions for orchids. There is no airflow around the roots, and the roots never get to dry out. Root rot is inevitable.

When you buy an orchid at the supermarket, you need to repot it. Orchids grow best in specialized pots containing a gritty, chunky mixture to hold the orchid in place. These pots have slats in the bottom to let water flow through. To repot your orchid:

  • Lift the orchid gently from the pot in which it came at the store and remove as much moss as you can.
  • Healthy roots will be green and white. Remove any dead, blackened roots.
  • Place the orchid into an orchid pot and fill in around it with a potting mixture. The orchid should be anchored in place, but the potting mixture should not be packed.
  • Water the orchid. Do not use water from the tap if you have a home desalination unit; there will be too many mineral salts in the water. Most municipal water supplies are OK if they do not contain too much chlorine. Rainwater is best. Orchids tolerate water with a pH from 6.5 to 7.5.
  • Feed your orchids with orchid food every two weeks when they are blooming and every four weeks during their rest periods.
  • Orchids need lower temperatures at night than during the day to flower. Because most orchids are tropical plants, they prefer an even, 12-hour cycle of light and dark.

A. Types of Brown Flowers

Since many brown flower types are actually orchid species, we’ve first covered a few of our favorites. We’ve also covered many other flower species as well, so please enjoy this gallery of beautiful brown flowers.

1. Cattleya Angerei

A close look at the beautiful brown flowers of the cattleya angerei.

Scientific Name: Cattleya angereri

Growing Region: South America

Care Level: High

Cattleya orchids from Central and South America come in all colors, including brown. This orange-brown orchid from Argentina offers a beautiful display of brown petals, but only offers it once. Cattleyas in general do not rebloom from old canes.

Cattleya orchids are the epiphytic type of orchid and they grow from underground rhizomes. They usually have very long oblong leaves with smooth margins that emerge in sets of two at the base of the plant cane.

These striking plants with 5 petals can be used for many purposes. They would be particularly love in a bouquet of mother’s day flowers, but would be the centrepiece in nearly all floral designs.

2. Cattleya Velutina

A close up of the brown specled flower of the cattleya velutina.

Scientific Name: Cattleya velutina

Growing Region: Brazil

Care Level: Medium

This rare species of orchid is originally from Brazil, and it features brownish bronze petals with deep red or burgundy spots around a white lip with purple stripes and a golden throat. Consider yourself amazingly lucky if you’ve ever seen one growing in the wild.

The velutina orchid exudes fragrance throughout its blooming season. It likes shade but tolerates more warmth than most orchids. Make sure to water it within a day or its roots drying out, but do not subject this orchid to constant moisture. Though hard to find, it isn’t too difficult to care for.

Velutina orchids are integral to beautiful flower arrangements. Pair them with hydrangea flowers and some ornamental grasses to really accentuate them as the centrepiece. They are light enough in color where they could also be amazing as wedding flowers.

3. Antler Orchid

A close inspection of the dendrobium discolor flower.

Scientific Name: Dendrobium discolor

Growing Region: Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia

Care Level: High

Dendrobium discolor isn’t a “discolored” orchid, it is a di-colored orchid. Each stem is about 20 inches (50 cm) long and bears between eight and 20 light brown, reddish brown, tan, or yellowish flowers. The flowers are 1 to 3 inches (about 2.5 to 8 cm) wide and long and bear wavy, long petals. The lip of the flower is mauve or purple.

Antler orchids also have very attractive foliage. Each plant will grow between 10-35 leaves that are dark green and leathery in texture. A single plant is also capable of bearing up to 40 blossoms on a single stem!

Dendrobium has an unusually long flowering period, usually about six months, provided the plant is provided with a combination of 4 to 6 hours of strong sunlight every day and nearly constant humidity. This orchid prefers daytime temperatures of about 80° F (27° C) and nighttime temperatures around 68° F (20° C).

In the winter, when the plant is not blooming, it’s OK to mist the plant every day to give it adequate moisture, but it may need additional moisture (as long as its growing medium is not soggy) when it is blooming.

*This plant got its common name because of the way the the flowers sepals twist, and give off the appearance of a deer’s antler.

4. Charlie Brown Orchid

A cluster of beautiful brown cymbidium flowers.

Scientific Name: Cymbidium

Growing Region: Himalayas

Care Level: Medium/High

The cymbidiums are a genus of 52 species of evergreen orchids. “Charlie Brown” cymbidiums come in a variety of autumn brown tones with notes of yellow and peach and a deep crimson throat. This is a rare type of orchid that is more used to existing in cold conditions, so keep this in mind when planting your own.

Cymbidiums prefer to grow outside in a moist location with bright shade from late spring until the end of summer. The rest of the year keep them in a bright window next to a humidifier. Don’t repot them until their growing medium has broken down. Cymbidiums don’t like to be disturbed!

5. Tracy’s Orchid

A cluster of gorgeous cymbidium tracyanum.

Scientific Name: Cymbidium tracyanums

Growing Region: Tibet

Care Level: Medium

If you are looking for a cold-hardy orchid, this is it. Cymbidium Tracyanums (the trade name and the botanical name are the same) can tolerate temperatures down to nearly freezing. The plant’s cold-hardiness reflects its Tibetan origins.

They blossom in huge, four-inch, beige-ish flowers with brown and maroon veins that blossom in the fall and early winter, gracing your garden or greenhouse with the smell of strong cardamon flowers.

These grow prosperously in the wild in Tibet and can be found growing in evergreen mountain forests by tree trunks and at the base of damp rocks. These plants like to be cold and wet, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on growing your own.

6. Golden Leaf Edged-Orchid

A close look at the beautiful brown flowers of the golden leaf edged orchid.

Scientific Name: Cymbidium floribundum

Growing Region: Southeastern China

Care Level: Medium

This brown orchid from southeastern China is also known as the golden-edged orchid and the yellow margin orchid. These evergreen plants produce very showy flowers that bloom in the early spring or late winter.

Golden edged orchids require a medium amount of care in the form of existing in very well drained soil and in pots that have good drainage. Their roots are susceptible to root rot and so they should be repotted every 3 or so years.

If you can place it outdoors, it will release a compound called 3-hydroxyoctanoic acid into the air that attracts bees. (I once had bees gathering on a window screen when this orchid was in bloom in my sunroom.) This orchid chemical attracts bees in abundance, but the bees do not attempt to pollinate the orchids until they are maximally brown.

Though they won’t make it into quality flower arrangements, they can grace your sunny windowsill for many years as long as they are cared for properly.

7. Iris-Like Orchid

A close up look at the stunning iris-like orchid flower.

Scientific Name:  Cymbidium iridioides

Growing Region: Himalayas

Care Level: Low

Here is a beautiful orchid that combines brown with green, white, and violet. This native of eastern Nepal has a long history as both a food (an addition to a Himalayan curry stew known as olatshe or olachoto) and as a medicine, its leaves turned into a paste to apply to open wounds to stop bleeding. Because of its extensive use in native medicine, it has become exceedingly rare in its native habitat.

The iris-like orchid gets its name for rather obvious reasons: its growth habit and flower blooms are similar to those of the iris. Flowers blossom from fall through winter and have wonderfully fragrant flowers.

They are wonderfully easy to care for. All they require is bright light, well drained potting mix, and only being watered once their soil is dried out.

They will be the show stopper in any and all beautiful floral arrangements. Imagine receiving a bouquet of these in a flower delivery!

8. Aloe-Leafed Cymbidium

A close look at the beautiful aloe-leafed cymbidium.

Scientific Name: Cymbidium aloifolium

Growing Region: China

Care Level: Medium

This orchid with tones of brown, burgundy, yellow, and white also has distinctively aloe-like, hollow leaves. In nature, it sometimes clings to bare rock in locations with dappled sunlight and high humidity. Its ability to plant itself against a rocky background makes it an unusual opportunity for creative floral design.

The scientific term is derived from the Greek work, kumbos, which translates to hole or cavity, which is in reference to the odd growth habit of the plant.

These plants produce absolutely incredible pendant-like inflorescences, and each plant can bear anywhere up to 75 flowers! They blossom starting in the winter and last until the spring. These are very popular as boxed flowers in their native growing region.

9. Deer-Antlered Orchid

A close look at the brown and yellow flower of the Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi.

Scientific Name: Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi

Growing Region: Southern Asia

Care Level: High

Five petals of brown and crimson on a green background surround white “antler” in this heat-tolerant orchid native to Indochina, Indonesia, and the Philippines. More than most other orchids, the deer-antlered orchid tolerates heat (temperatures up to about 100° F, or 37° C) and direct sunlight, surviving on dew.

But even this orchid needs daily moisture to survive high heat. Be careful not to leave water standing in the axil of the leaves, because they can rot. Any excess water must be removed within two hours by blotting with a paper towel.

Check on this plant every day to make sure it is receiving enough moisture.

B. Types of Brown Roses

Orchids offer infinite variety in colors and shapes, but roses are an easier way to cultivate a reliable supply of brown flowers for floral arrangements and background plantings. Let’s take a look at the brown roses.

There are six simple rules for raising roses:

  • Give roses full sun. Roses require full sun at least six hours a day. Morning sun is best since it dries the leaves and prevents the growth of molds and mildew.
  • Don’t skimp on soil amendments. Roses love fertile soil. A pH between 6 and 7 is optimal.
  • Mulch your roses to prevent loss of moisture, overheating of the roots in the summer, and freezing roots in the winter.
  • Prune your roses once in late winter, preferably just a week or so before the last frost, to encourage new growth that will produce blooms.
  • Water roses deeply but infrequently. You want to encourage them to grow deep roots that keep the plant nourished and well-watered.
  • Inspect roses every day to stay ahead of diseases and pests.

Now let’s consider some beautiful brown roses you can find at some florist shops or grow on your own.

1. Charlie Brown Rose

A garden of charlie brown rose.

Scientific Name: Rosa ‘Charlie Brown’

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Medium

These famous miniature roses come in a variety of colors including brown. The blooms are numerous but small, under 2 inches (5 cm) across. There are 8 to 15 petals on each bloom. This plant blooms in flushes throughout the summer, although late-season blooms are fewer.

This miniature rose will not survive harsh winters, and so it important to plant them in USDA Hardiness Zone 6 or higher. They don’t need much from you, other than sunshine, moisture, and slightly acidic soil.

All roses are known for being one of the best floral gifts one could receive. Their showy and fragrant blossoms are unmatched. This particular type of rose would look lovely if it were paired with a peace lily in a gorgeous floral arrangement.

2. Graham Thomas Austin Rose

This is a close look at the cluster of lovely Graham Thomas Austin rose.

Scientific Name: Rosarium baden rosa ‘Graham Thomas’ austin 

Growing Region: Europe

Care Level: Medium

This English climbing rose bears double petals of a rich golden brown with a mild fragrance like that of tea. Each of its blooms sports 30 or more petals and it will bloom for many months.

This type of rose is a very vigorous, upright climbing rose species. It would be a great idea to plant one beside a trellis or arbor to help the plant along. Who wouldn’t want an outdoor roof made of rose blossoms?

Most of the care of rose species comes from pruning and maintenance. They require a bit of help in order to grow in a neat manner, and can sometimes become unruly. Additionally, rose bushes often have to have their spent flowers spent in order to encourage new blossoms.

3. Lady Banks Rose

This is a bouquet of lovely lady banks rose flowers.

Scientific Name: Rosa banksiae

Growing Region: China

Care Level: Medium to Low

This rose from the highlands of China produces beautiful light brown blossoms on a long, scrubby vine that can climb as far as 20 feet (6 meters) above ground. It has almost no thorns although some of the stronger shoots may bear prickles. It is among the first roses to bloom every spring. Some flowers may be white or yellow instead of brown, but all will be fragrant.

Funnily enough, there is a rose bush that was planted by a homesick bridge who had immigrated from Europe to America. In 1855 she planted a rose bush which has now become the largest rose bush on the planet. It spans nearly 8,000 feet!

4. Musk Rose

This is an illustration of the lovely musk rose.

Scientific Name: Rosa moschata

Growing Region: Himalayas

Care Level: Medium to Low

Gardeners have been growing musk roses for their unique musky scent for over 500 years. Probably originating in the Himalayas, this rose bears blooms of 5 to 7 petals that are followed by edible orange rose hips in the fall. The blooms are not showy, but this plant blooms all summer long.

Interestingly, there are actually no known wild musky roses. They have been in cultivation since the 16th century, and their first ever mention was actually from the writings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

5. Silky Rose

A close look at the vibrant flowers of the silky rose plant.

Scientific Name: Rosa sericea

Growing Region: China

Care Level: High

Sometimes called winged thorn rose, this flower bears beige to white blossoms, this Chinese mountain rose is actually grown for its bright red thorns. The blossoms have just four petals and serve more as an accent to the thorns rather than the other way around. In the winter, the stems bear spiny, red, inedible hips.

Because these are found growing in the wild at very high altitudes with rather specific growing conditions, they can be rather tricky to grow and maintain. However, that doesn’t come as a surprise seeing as they are such tropical looking flowers.

6. Soleil d’Or Rose

A couple of beautiful and vibrant soleil d'or rose flowers.

Scientific Name: Rosa mutiflora ‘Soleil d’Or’

Growing Region: France

Care Level: Medium

Orange and yellow and brown define this hybrid tea rose dating from the 1800s. It has fragrant, gorgeous blooms but it is highly prone to a fungal disease known as a black spot that causes the leaves to develop black spots, turn yellow, and fall off, weakening the plant.

Growing this rose in desert locations spares the plant from black spot, or the fungus can be treated with regular spraying of antifungal chemicals.

The ‘soleil d’or’ rose is actually a hybrid type of rose that is grown from the rootstock of a rosa multiflora plant. It gets its name because of the very striking color of the flower that resembles a golden sunset.

C. Other Types of Brown Flowers

Not an orchid or rose gardener? There are still many options for brown flowers you can raise on your own or ask about at the flower shop. You’re sure to have a reliable florist network that will help you pick the perfect garden or house plant specimen.

1. Canna Lily

This is an illustration of the beautiful brown canna flower.

Scientific Name: Canna

Growing Region: Southern United States

Care Level: Medium

Cannas have been hybridized for brown blossoms, although you may have look around to find them. It’s blissfully simple to grow cannas for summer and fall color. Just provide the plant with deep soil and lots of moisture and leave it alone. Cannas will bloom for you year after year with a minimum of care.

Canna plants are of the ornamental variety that are native to tropical and subtropical regions. They require plenty of sunlight and plenty of moisture.

Folks love canna species because they are relatively easy to care for, they have exceptionally lovely blossoms with sometimes papery petals, and ornamental foliage as well. They are herbaceous perennials and will re-bloom every season.

2. Dahlia Vintage Yellow-Brown

A close look at the beautiful dahlia vintage yellow brown flower.

Scientific Name: Dahlia pinnata cav.

Growing Region: South America

Care Level: Low

This national flower of Mexico comes in a tremendous variety of colors, including a golden brown. In addition to beautiful, brown tones, you can find dahlias shaped like cacti, orchids, pompoms, and waterlilies.

Gardeners have to be on the lookout to protect dahlias from snails and slugs, and if you live in a location with winter freezes, you will need to dig up their bulbs in the fall and store them indoors for replanting the next spring.

There are 42 different dahlia species, and though the vast majority of them don’t actually produce a scent, they are spectacularly beautiful and wonderfully easy to care for. They are very hardy herbaceous perennials.

3. Daylily

A cluster of beautiful and vibrant daylilies.

Scientific Name: Hemerocallis 

Growing Region: Asia

Care Level: Low

Daylilies come in several shades of brown. These summer-blooming lilies are easy to grow if they are given water and sun. Providing brown daylilies with afternoon shade helps to preserve deep brown pigments in the blossom until it falls off at night.

Though they are called daylilies, these plants are not actually true lilies. They received their name because of their resemblance to lilies, and because their blooms only commonly last a day.

A flower will usually open in the morning, and shrivel away the following night. However, that blossom will be replaced with another one of the same scape, and so a daylily patch will kind of bloom in a wave. There are over 80,000 different registered cultivars of daylilies!

4. Blanket Flower

A close look at the gorgeous gaillardia flowers.

Scientific Name: Gaillarda

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

Sporting petals of red and yellow and brown, this North American flower can easily “blanket” the ground in mass plantings if it is left alone for a few years. Gaillardia reproduces from both seeds and tubers.

There isn’t a lot you have to do to keep them going other than to avoid mowing them. Gaillardia will come back for a month-long bloom without any attention at all year after year.

This plant got its common name because the often tri-color flower pattern resembles the blanket patterns created by certain First Nations communities, or perhaps the two inspired one another.

5. Sword Lily

A charming cluster of gladiolus on a white background.

Scientific Name: Gladiolus communis L.

Growing Region: Asia, Africa

Care Level: Medium

Either called by their scientific name, gladiolus, or their common name, sword lily, these plants are perennials that are produced from underground corms. They are part of the iris family, and should be maintained the same way that an iris would be.

There is a gladiolus in every color, including brown. Sometimes described as funnels of fragrance on a wobbly stem, you can plant glads in garden beds every year as an annual, or if you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 through 10, let them naturalize so they reappear every year.

They benefit from slightly acidic soil (pH 6.5 to 7.0), fertilizer two or three times during their six-week bloom season, and generous, deep watering during drought.

6. Feather Reed Grass

A field of beautiful feather reed grass.

Scientific Name: Calamagrostis x Acutiflora

Growing Region: Europe, Asia

Care Level: Low

This easy-to-grow grass forms seed heads in the spring that provide background color and visual contrast to other flowering plants all summer long. It is so easy to grow that you may want to confine it to its bed, so it does not take over your landscape. Feather reed grass grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 8.

This is actually a naturally occurring hybrid species of ornamental grass that grows very prosperously in the wild. They make for a great companion plant for more charming looking plants, and they also help with soil erosion because of their intricate root systems.

7. Globe Thistle

A close up view of the globe thistle flower.

Scientific Name: Echinops sphaerocephalus

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

When I was about five years old, growing up on the farm, my job was to keep weeds out of a tiny patch of cotton. But I was given strict instructions to leave the globe thistles alone because they fixed nitrogen and attracted bees.

These prickly giants can be sown as an annual every year after all danger of frost has passed for summer-long bloom. They are so easy to grow that if you don’t want them to take over your garden, you should cut them before they go to seed.

Globe thistles add nitrogen back to the soil as they grow as high as 7 feet (2.1 meters) tall over your garden bed. Whether red or brown tones predominate depend on the background colors you give the plant.

8. Iris

A beautiful couple of iris clusters on a white background.

Scientific Name: Iris Germanica cultivars

Growing Region: North America, Europe, Asia

Care Level: Low

Irises come in every imaginable color, including brown. It is hard to go wrong with iris s a garden plant. Just give them a gritty soil, lots of sun, and water during dry spells, and they will provide you with months of color every spring and summer.

Iris’ do grow from underground bulbs, and depending on the species and the cultivar, these bulbs may have to be dug up and kept in a cool and dry place over the winter so that they can properly bloom again the following year.

That being said, there are tons of super hardy iris species that grow in the wild in some pretty severe places (I’m talking about you, alpine of Colorado) so don’t be too intimidated by their beauty — they simply want to blossom.

9. Marigold

A gorgeous field of marigolds.

Scientific Name: Tagetes erecta

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

These heat-loving plants with blooms of brown and orange and yellow thrive in summer temperatures that make most flowers wilt. In addition to their summer-long display of color, marigolds also repel insects.

Provide marigolds with well-prepared loamy, well-fertilized soil. High alkalinity, up to pH 8.0, is OK. You can grow marigolds from seed or buy young plants at garden centers.

Marigolds are an extremely valuable plant to learn how to maintain. They are one of the top members you should consider if you’re into companion planting. They provide nutrients to the soil, attract pollinators, and simultaneously repel pests.

10. Multi-Colored Pansy

A cluster of beautiful multi-colored pansies.

Scientific Name: Viola tricolor

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

These cold-loving annuals are available in garden centers every fall, usually already in bloom. You can find pansies in every color, including bi-color and tri-color pansies with brown tones.

If you live in a region that gets exceptionally cold winters, in USDA Hardiness Zones 1 through 3, you will need to protect them from snow and cold with mulch, but gardeners in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and higher can use them as a late-fall or all-winter planting. Pansies are not heat-tolerant.

11. Pussy Willow

A bunch of pussy willows against a white background.

Scientific Name: Salix discolor

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

Among the first flowers of spring are the brownish, grayish fur-like catkins of the pussy willow, so named because of their coat’s resemblance to cat fur. All willows prefer to be planted near a reliable water source, like a stream. They are not fussy about the type of soil and do not need annual fertilizer if they are planted in soil that is at least 3 feet (about a meter) deep.

They are sometimes called the America pussy willow or the glaucous willow. They are a weak-wooded shrub that is deciduous in nature. Though it doesn’t produce very showy flowers with an intense fragrance, they have a different type of flower that is charming all on its own.

They produce very soft, bud-like flowers that are incredibly silky soft. They blow in the wind and create an air of whimsy. First Nations communities have traditionally used these buds as a type of natural pain killer.

12. Rudbeckia

A bunch of colorful and vibrant rudbeckia flowers.

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia

Growing Region: North America

Care Level: Low

These miniature relatives of the sunflower come in a variety of colors. The same family of plants that includes the yellow and black Black-Eyed Susan also includes “rudbeckia” of bright brown, orange, yellow, and red.

Rudbeckia are hardy plants that grown well in hot climates and clay soils. Once you get a stand of rudbeckia started, it will come back every year on its own.

There’s truly nothing better than a plant species that is very easy to care for and also provides an incredible flurry of flower blossoms. All members of the rudbeckia family are his type of plant. They make the perfect gift, either as fresh flowers or in the form of seeds so that other people can grow their own!

13. Tuberous Begonia

A cluster of charming tuberous begonia in a brown pot.

Scientific Name: Begonia x Tubeohybrida

Growing Region: Central America, Africa

Care Level: Low

Tuberous begonias provide summer flowers even in shade, where most other flowers are not happy. Growing begonias with brown, orange and yellow petals in shade will bring out their naturally brown tones and add depth to your color scheme. Be aware that begonias can dry out easily and need supplemental water in summer drought.

There are over 2,000 different cultivars of begonia. So it’s not hard to guess that these are very beloved flower species. There are so many because they are very easy to hybridize and create more brilliant and more resilient species.

14. Tulip

A cluster of beautiful tulips.

Scientific Name: Tulipia

Growing Region: Northern Hemisphere

Care Level: Medium

Most people haven’t ever seen a brown tulip, let alone grown one, but there are over 35 cultivars of tulips with brown tones. The late-blooming Absalon tulip is an excellent choice if you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 7. Provide tulips with well-drained, moderately acidic soil (pH 6 to 7), lots of sun, and shelter from the wind.

And there you have it! A list of different plant species that bear (mostly) brown and other shades of warm colors. The botanical realm has to many wonderful things to offer, so keep looking through homestratosphere as we’ve written hundreds of different articles about different plant, flower, tree species, and other valuable information about landscaping and gardening that you didn’t know you needed to know!

FAQs for the 30 Types of Brown Flowers

What do brown flowers mean?

Brown flowers are considered warm flowers and are associated with nature. In addition to their connection with nature, brown flowers are also associated with masculinity food and the circle of life. Sombre and serious, brown’s lack of delicacy easily connects it to maleness, practicality and finance.

Which trees have brown flowers?

While there are many flowers that produce brown flowers, (e.g. Boat Orchids, Tropical Hibiscus, Dahlia, Daylilies and Angel Amber Kiss Pansy), it seems there are no trees known to humankind that have brown flowers.

Which flowers complement brown flowers nicely?

Used for such diverse events as funerals, business lunches and black-tie dinners, the natural warmth of brown flowers lends them well to flower arrangements where they are used to bring out the beauty of other flowers. Flowers complementing brown flowers nicely include yellow, orange, beige, ivory, white/buttery milk, lilac, green (e.g. green gerberas), pink, red, and to some extent, purple flowers.

Do brown flowers attract bees?

Black-eyed Susans are best known for their vibrant orange, yellow and gold petals. However, the true gem of this flower is its dark brown center. It is this which attracts insects to this beautiful flower.

The yellow-orange color surrounding the brown center creates a beautiful contrast that makes this flower stand out and attract insects to visit the flowers so they can drink the nectar and collect pollen. Apparently, bees are attracted to the bright yellow brown-centered flowers, and enjoy sucking up the nectar.

Other brown flowers that attract bees include some sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus). Sunflowers are usually yellow but can also be orange, red, or even brown. 

Are brown flowers rare?

On the contrary, brown flowers are not rare at all. A brief internet search reveals more than 30 kinds of plants that produce brown flowers. These include the

  • Cattleya Angerei
  • Charlie Brown Orchid (Cymbidium)
  • Blanket Flower (Gaillarda)
  • Multi-colored Pansy (Viola Tricolor)
  • Pussy Willow (Salix Discolor)