Learn all about German flowers in this free online lesson.
You will discover which flowers are found in Germany as well as which flowers are typically sent in Germany on occasions such as funerals, weddings, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.
Learn these and ensure you always send the right flowers!
Towards the end of this section you will also find a useful alphabetical listing of flowers translated from English into German.
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Flowers found in the Alps
das Edelweiβ -Edelweiss
Color: White-yellow. Blossoms from July to September and belongs to the sunflower family. Literally translated it means 'Noble White'.
Although originally from the Himalayas, the Edelweiss has become known as the Queen of the Alps. It can grow to up to 20 cm in length. It is a protected flower and is not allowed to be picked.
der Enzian- Gentian
Blossoms from May to June. Normally blue. It is a protected flower and is not allowed to be picked.
die Alpenrose - Alpine Rose
Color: Pink. Found at a height of approx. 1200-2300 metres. It blossoms from June to September. In the Alps, some superstitious folk believe the flowers attract thunder and lightning and thus the flower is also known as the 'Donnerblume' or in English the 'Thunder Flower'. So keep away from these if you feel a storm coming on!
die Arnika - Arnica
Color: Yellow. Blossoms from June to September and belongs to the sunflower family. It grows to up to 40 cm. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and is still popular today. Used for ailments such as sprains, bruises, muscle aches and wounds. Origin: Europe / North Asia.
die Aurikel - Auricula
Color: Yellow. It is a protected flower and is not allowed to be picked. Grows to up to 20 cm. Blossoms from April to June. Origin: Alps, Carpathian and Apennine Mountains.
die Alpenaster - Alpine Aster
Color: Blue violet. Blossoms in May and June and it can grow to up to 40 cm. It can be found at an altitude of between 1400 and 3100 metres.
der Berg-Baldrian - Mountain Valerian
Grows to up to 60 cm in height. Found in southern and central Europe. The northern side of the Alps is the most northerly point at which this herbaceous plant can be found.
die Alpen-Margerite - Alpine Marguerita
Grows to up to 15 cm in height. Found in meadows across the Alps as well as the Carpathian Mountains, the Pyrenees and the Apennine Mountains. Found at an altitude of up to 2800 metres.
die Silberdistel - Carline Thistle
Color: White. Grows to up to 40 cm in height. Often used as a dried flower. Blossoms in July, August and September. Origin: Europe.
die Alpenglöckchen - Alpine Snowbell
Color: Purple-blue. Grows to up to 40 cm in height. Member of the Primulaceae family. Native to the Alps and the Pyrenees.
die Alpenrebe - Alpine Clematis
Color: A wide variety including pale pink, dark blue and lavender blue. A vine of the genus Clematis. Native to Europe.
der Alpenbalsam - Alpine Balsam
Color: Purple. Blossoms from April to July. Grows to up to 15 cm in height. Origin: Europe.
das Alpenveilchen - Cyclamen
Color: Various. A poisonous flower. Classified in the family Myrsinaceae. Native to Europe and the Mediterranean.
die Faltenlilie - Alp Lily
Blossoms in July and August. Grows to up to 15 cm in height. Likes to grow in crevices and gravelly ridges.
der Frauenmantel- Lady's Mantel
Color: Yellow and Green. A perennial plant which requires moist soil and light shade.
der Himmelsherold - King of the Alps
Blue. A herbal plant which grows to up to 5 cm in height. Native from the Alps through to the Carpathian Mountains.
der Alpen-Mohn - Alpine Poppy
Color: Yellow, white and yellow-white. Grows to up to 20 cm to height. Blossoms from July through to August.
die Krautweide - Dwarf Willow
A very small creeping willow. One of the smallest woody plants on earth. Grows to up to 6 cm in height.
der Steinbrech - Saxifragus
Also known as 'stone-breakers' (in German it is also translated as this). As well as in the Alps, it can be found in subartic climates.
die Berg-Hauswurz - Mountain Hens and Chicks
Color: Reddish Purple. An evergreen with star-shaped flowers rising up on its stalks.
das Seifenkraut - Common Soapwort
A perennial plant from the carnation family. Also known as Bouncing Bet and Sweet William. There are 20 species of soapwort. Native from Europe through to western Siberia.
die Feuer-Lilie - Orange Lily / Fire Lily
Native to Europe. In the Japanese language of flowers, an orange lily symbolises hatred or revenge - remember this when choosing flowers for loved-ones!
Occasions: German Flowers Lesson
German Funeral flowers / German Sympathy flowers
The following flowers are typically found at funerals in Germany:
Weiβe Lilien - White Lilies - Symbolic of mourning and the bond with the deceased person
Weiβe Rosen - White Roses - Symbolic not only of love and affection, but also of beauty and transience
Weiβe Calla - White Calla Lilies- Symbolic of the resurrection as well as transience
Chrysanthemen - Chrysanthemums - Symoblic of truth and honesty
Trauerkränze - Funeral Wreaths - Symbolic of the eternal life of the soul as, like a wreath, it has no beginning and no end
Gestecke - Flower arrangements
Are you looking for some phrases to use in a condolence card? If so, then please click here to go to my sympathy messages in German section.
German Flowers Lesson
The following flowers are typically found at weddings in Germany:
Rosen - Roses - Symbolic of love, affection and beauty
Tulpen - Tulips - Symbolic of love and affection
Callas - Calla Lillies - Symbolic of beauty
Gerberas - Gerberas - Symbolic of happiness
Pfingstrosen - Peonies - Symbolic of healing
Orchideen - Orchids - Symbolic of love and beauty
Ranunkel - Ranunculus - Symbolic of charm and brilliance
Island-Mohn - Island Poppy - Symbolic of fertility
If you're looking for phrases to use in wedding/engagement cards, then click here to go to my Wedding and engagement congratulatory phrases section.
German Flowers Lesson
German Valentine Flowers
Typical flowers to give on Valentine's Day in Germany are also:
Rote Rosen - Red Roses
Are you the romantic type? If so, click here to read my top 30 German love phrases!
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German Birthday Flowers
Here just about anything goes in Germany - whatever makes you (or the person you are giving to!) happy. Just avoid white lilies and white callas - particularly if you're giving to someone more 'mature'. See German flowers for funerals above for more information!
If you would like to see some of my ready-made 'Happy Birthday' messages in German for use in cards, etc., then please click here.
German Flowers Lesson
German Mother's Day Flowers
The following flowers are typically given on Mother's Day in Germany:
Rosen - Roses
Orchideen - Orchids
Tulpen - Tulips
Maiglöckchen - Lily-of-the-valley
A - Z Flower List: German Flowers Lesson
African Lily - die Schmucklilie
Alstroemeria - die Inkalilie
Amaryllis - die Amaryllis
Anemone - die Anemone
Anthuriam - die Anthurie
Aster - die Aster
Baby's Breath - das Schleierkraut
Banksia - die Banksia
Begonia - die Begonie
Bellflower - die Glockenblume
Bleeding Heart - das Tränende Herz
Boronia - die Boronia
Carnation - die Nelke
Carthamus - die Färberdistel
Columbine - die Akelei
Crocus - der Krokus
Chrysanthemum - die Chrysantheme
Cornflower - die Kornblume
Daffodil - die Narzisse / Osterglocke
Dahlia - die Dahlie
Daisy - das Gänseblϋmchen
Dandelion - der Löwenzahn
Edelweiss - das Edelweiβ
Forget-me-not - das Vergissmeinnicht
Freesia - die Freesie
Geranium - die Geranie
Gerbera - die Gerbera
Gladiolus - die Gladiole
Golden Rod - die Goldrute
Gypsophilia - die Gypsophila
Heather - das Heidekraut / die Erika
Iris - die Iris / die Schwertlilie
Jasmin - der Jasmin
Lavender - der Lavendel
Lilac - der Flieder
Lily - die Lilie
Lily-of-the-valley - das Maiglöckchen
Marigold - die Tagetes / die Ringelblume
Mimosa - die Mimose
Monkshood - der Blaue Eisenhut
Orchid - die Orchidee
Pansy - das Stiefmϋtterchen
Peony - die Pfingstrose
Petunia - die Petunie
Poppy - der Mohn / die Mohnblume
Ranunculus - der Hahnenfuß
Rhododendron - das Rhododendron
Rose - die Rose
Snapdragon - der Garten Löwenmaul
Snowdrop - das Schneeglöckchen
Sunflower - die Sonnenblume
Sweet Pea - die Edelwicke
Sweet William - die Bartnelke
Tulip - die Tulpe
Veronica - der Ehrenpreis
Violet - das Veilchen
Waxflower - die Wachsblume
Zinna - die Zinnie
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