The Most Gorgeous Flowers With 5 Petals for a Lovely Flower Garden
There's nothing more rewarding than coming home to a lovely garden in full bloom, each flower proudly showcasing five petals in a rainbow of colors.
Every gardener has a preference for what kind of plants they want in their garden. Some may look forward to filling their garden with plants that bear sweet-scented flowers, like night-blooming jasmine and fragrant columbine. Others may want a flower garden that's a little bit more unique, growing plants that offer not only scented blooms but also flowers that have five petals.
Before you head to a garden center or purchase seeds online, here's a list to help you narrow down your search for plants that bear flowers with five petals.
11 Plants That Produce Flowers With 5 Petals
- Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
- Prince's Pine (Chimaphila umbellata)
- Swamp Candle (Lysimachia terrestris)
- Baby Blue Eyes
- Columbine Flower (Aquelegia canadensis)
- Sandwort (Arenaria grandiflora)
- Four O'Clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
- Lenten Rose (Plumeria acuminata)
1. Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Also known as vinca minor, this plant produces pink, white to red, lavender, and blue flowers. Periwinkle thrives in either sunny or shady locations, even in poor soil.
Aside from vinca minor, periwinkle is also known by other names such as pennywinkles, cockles, cutfingers, and creeping myrtle, most likely because it isn't uncommon to see these plants thriving on and growing down hillsides.
Periwinkle is easy to grow and does well in pots and even in hanging baskets. Make sure to keep an eye on periwinkle in the yard as they send out runners, giving you more periwinkle than you may have bargained for. That, of course, won't be a problem unless you want your periwinkle to be confined to one part of the garden.
2. Prince's Pine (Chimaphila umbellata)
A pink, five-petaled flower of a perennial plant, Prince's pine is native to the Northern Hemisphere and can be found growing in locations with sandy soil. The flowers also come in white, appearing in an inflorescence.
Also known as pipsissewa, which translates to "it breaks into small pieces," the plant can reach up a height of 30 centimeters. For some reason, I keep imagining traditional lampost as I look at these flowers; there is a resemblance there, don't you agree?
And for those who enjoy root beer, did you know that chimaphila or pipsisewa is a root beer ingredient?
3. Swamp Candle (Lysimachia terrestris)
A herbaceous plant that isn't picky when it comes to soil, swamp candles can grow up to three feet tall and prefer partial-to-full sun. It blooms during the summer season, and the seemingly star-shaped flowers measure 1/2 to 3/4 inches across and generally last two weeks to a month.
They are commonly found in marshy areas, although a pond area would make a suitable spot for swamp candles, which prefer wet and moist soil. They are also known by a few other names, such as yellow loosestrife, bog loosestrife, and swamp lossestrife.
This spring bloomer is easy to grow. Forget-me-nots bear tiny flowers with colors ranging from white to pink, although their most common color is white.
If you're thinking of planting forget-me-nots in your garden, you may want to consider planting them in a pot first because they can be invasive. This technique can help control their aggressive growth (unless you don't mind seeing them pop up anywhere in your garden every spring).
5. Baby Blue Eyes
Baby blue eyes is a low-maintenance annual native to North America that is very easy to grow. Baby blue eyes is a profuse spring and summer bloomer that loves sunlight. However, you may want to choose a location that gets shade; full sun, especially during the hot summer days, wilts the leaves of this mildly drought-tolerant plant.
Also known as baby's blue eyes, baby blue eyes is a perfect fit if you prefer to plant flowers in containers or hanging baskets for a delightful show of blue blossoms.
There are also other varieties of baby blue eyes that you might want to check out. One, for example, is the menziesii, which also boasts blue flowers but with a center black-dotted center, while the other variety—atomaria—blooms in white. Both have five petals as well.
6. Columbine Flower (Aquelegia canadensis)
The columbine flower grows up to 20 inches in height and is a perennial. It produces petals in pink, yellow, dark red, white, and purplish-blue. These flowers do well in shady areas; they can be found growing in mountainous regions and meadows in the Northern Hemisphere.
Planting columbine flowers will help draw both bees and hummingbirds to your garden.
The name "columbine" originates from the Latin word columba, pertaining to the pigeon, while aquilegia was derived from aquila, which means "eagle."
7. Sandwort (Arenaria grandiflora)
If you are searching for white flowers with five petals, you may want to look into sandwort. The plant has needle-like leaves with woody stems at its base, and its flowers bloom in springtime.
Sandwort needs sun but will do well in partially shaded locations, too, with well-drained soil.
8. Four O'Clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
Also known as marvel of Peru, four o'clock is an annual plant native to tropical areas of South America. Four o'clock is a sun-loving plant with colors ranging from pink to white and yellow. Some varieties have stripes, too, while others are mixed.
Four o'clock usually grows up to three feet tall and branches out often where the nodes are. The flowers open late in the afternoon and remain open throughout the evening. It is also known by other names, such as prinsesa ng gabi, bunga pukul empat, maravilla, and purple jasmine.
I've planted four o'clock in previous years; they do well in containers, and they reseed. Every spring season, or when the weather warms up, I get young four o'clock plants here and there from the previous year's seeds.
This beautiful flower comes in many colors, such as red, yellow, white, pink, and orange. Some flowers also have a spray of colors, such as a yellow hibiscus with red beginning at its base and spreading across each petal.
Hibiscus are showy flowers and display large, five-petaled blossoms that attract both hummingbirds and bees. I've seen a few hummingbirds visiting my uncle's hibiscus in his front yard; not only do they enjoy the flowers, but the shrub provides them with privacy as well.
Also, while some grow hibiscus for its showy flowers, others also grow hibiscus for its medicinal use. Known as gumamela in the Philippines, flower buds are used to treat boils; they are ground to patch the boil, which is then wrapped with a cloth.
10. Plumeria (Plumeria acuminata)
Not only does plumeria grow in the form of a fantastic small tree, but the dazzling flowers also have five petals and are primarily fragrant at night, which helps with pollination. Plumeria is nectarless, thanks to sphinx moths.
White plumerias are common, but if you want to be a little bit different, they also come with red, pink, and orange blossoms, and these small trees flower until fall. The flowers are often made into leis, which can be a fun family activity if you're up to it.
Named after the botanist Charles Plumier, plumeria trees are often grown as ornamental trees and can grow up to 20 feet. It is a common tree in the Philippines and is known as calachuchi or kalachuchi. Be careful, though, as the tree's milky sap may cause irritation if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes.
11. Lenten Rose
Your garden's shady area and this evergreen plant with lance-shaped leaves are a perfect match. The delicate-looking flowers droop downward like a bell—like a flower from a fairytale.
Also known as hellebores or Christmas rose, lenten rose prefers well-drained, moist soil. Christmas rose shares its name with one of the most celebrated holidays and brings life to winter gardens, blooming in November, with colors ranging from red to purple, white, and pink.
Be warned, though, that this plant is considered toxic, so keep an eye on curious kids and pets, especially when growing this plant indoors. Like other plants, hellebores or Christmas rose needs sunlight but tempered or in a shaded place.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
precy anza (author) from USA on June 27, 2012:
@ Anna141: I like it too! Looks like a happy, smiling flower isn't it? ^-^'
@ Living Well Now and RTalloni:
Thank you both! I'd say it's a great hub too. I got this idea of hubbing flower shapes and such as my other hub "bell-shaped flowers" had gotten top 4 on Google, so hope this one generates traffic too. :) Thank you both for the suggestion. So, if I take off the thumbnails should I make the photos bigger too, or just leave it like that? Or maybe more photos of each?
@ Avian: Appreciate you dropping by and leaving a comment! ^-^'
@ Pamela-anne: Thank you! Now it makes two of us! Admiring and seeing the swamp candles resembling an old lamp post ^-^'
Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on June 27, 2012:
Love the hub and the lovely pictures the prince's pine is beautiful it does look a bit like an old lamp; I love rootbeer too maybe thats why I have a certain special attraction to this particular flower. I learned something new today thanks to your hub! take care pam.
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 27, 2012:
I know some of these flowers, but not all. Thanks for the great information!
RTalloni on June 27, 2012:
What beautiful photos! Your 5 petaled flowers idea made for a great hub. Thanks for a look at these blooms. I'm familiar with some and enjoyed reading about new-to-me ones. The swamp candle is unique and gorgeous. I'm looking forward to columbine blooms any day now. :)
I too would eliminate the thumbnail option for each photograph.
Living Well Now from Near Indianapolis on June 27, 2012:
Very pretty collection! If I could make a recommendation, I wouldn't use a single thumbnail for every flower picture. Just a suggestion.