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66 Fragrant Flower Names

Imports from France, Spain and Italy

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Everyone loves flower names. And think of the infinite variety there would be if we added some French flair or Latin rhythm to the mix. A a whole new international garden of possibilities out there!

Here are 66 botanical choices picked from France, Spain and Italy, with some interesting surprises. Did you know, for example, that Erica is a botanical name—it’s what heather is known as in Italy. Or that Pansy is Pensée in France (there’s a thought!) and Amapola is poppy in Spanish?

Flower Names: Les Fleurs

Astere           Aster

Azalee           Azalea

Bleuet            Cornflower

Bruyere         Heather

Capucine       Nasturtium

Hortensia     Hydrangea

Jacinthe        Hyacinth

Jonquille      Daffodil

Lavande       Lavender

Lilas               Lilac

Lis                  Lily

Marguerite  Daisy

Narcisse       Narcissus

Oeillet           Carnation

Pensee          Pansy

Primavere   Primrose

Safran           Saffron

Souci             Marigold

Tulipe           Tulip

Violette        Violet

Flower Names: Las Flores

Adelfa             Oleander

Amapola        Poppy

Aquilena        Columbine

Azafran          Crocus

Azucena         Tuberose/type of lily

Brezo              Heather

Clavel             Carnation

Forsizia           Forsythia

Geronio          Geranium

Girasol            Sunflower

Jacinto            Hyacinth

Jazmin            Jasmine

Lila                 Lilac

Lirio                Lily

Loto                Lotus

Maravilla       Marigold

Margarita       Daisy

Mirto              Myrtle

Narcisco         Daffodil

Pensamiento  Pansy

Peonia             Peony

Primavera      Primrose

Salvia              Sage

Violeta            Violet

Flower Names: I Fiori

Astro              Aster

Calendula      Marigold

Clematide       Clematis

Colombina     Columbine

Erica               Heather

Fiordaliso       Cornflower (also fleur-de-lis)

Fresia              Freesia

Garofano        Carnation

Gelsomino      Jasmine          

Geranio          Geranium

Giacinto          Hyacinth

Giglio              Lily

Gladiolo          Gladiolus

Lilla                Lilac

Loto                Lotus

Mirto              Myrtle

Oleandro        Oleander

Orchidea        Orchid

Ortensia         Hydrangea

Primula          Cowslip

Saggia             Sage

Tulipano        Tulip

Viola               Violet

Zafferano       Saffron

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pam Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of  other books.

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Selkit Says:

August 9th, 2019 at 8:11 am

Presenting my newborn: Saggia Nasturtium!

miloowen Says:

August 9th, 2019 at 10:22 am

Knowing the subtext of the names would be helpful. I wouldn’t recommend Giglio or Azucena.

IndiRaine Says:

August 25th, 2019 at 7:48 am

Amapola was my favourite.

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