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Growing Flowers For Cutting

There are many flowers to grow for cutting.  The key is that they stand up strong in a vase and last a reasonably long time.   Here are some flowers that are perennials or bulbs that are good for cutting. 


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mbine--Aquilegia canadensis
Virginia bluebell--Mertensia virginica
Daffodil--Narcissus spp.
Wild phlox--Phlox divaricata
Tulip--early cultivars and species of Tulipa
Long-spurred columbine--Aquilegia chrysantha
Sweet-william--Dianthus barbatus


Leopardbane--Doronicum caucasicum
Early daylily--Hemerocallis flava
Iris--Iris spp.
Peony--Paeoma spp.
Globeflower-- Trollius europaeus
Tulip--Cottage, Breeder, Darwin hybrids of Tulipa


Achillea--Achillea ptarmica
Fernleaf yarrow--Achillea filipendulina
Perennial spirea--Astilbe X arendsii
Peachleaf bellflower--Campanula persicifolia
Canterbury-bells--Campanula medium
Mountain-bluet--Centaurea montana
Shasta daisy--Chrysanthemum maximum
Coreopsis--Coreopsis grandiflora
Delphinium--Delphinium hybrids
Foxglove--Digitalis purpurea
Meadowsweet--Filipendula hexapetala
Blanketflower--Gaillardia aristata
Daylily--Hemerocallis aurantiaca
Coralbells--Heuchera lithophila; H. sanguinea
Siberian iris--Iris sibirica
Lily--Lilium species and cultivars
Maltese cross--Lychnis chalcedonica
Beebalm--Monarda didyma
Beardtongue--Penstemon barbatus
Painted daisy--Chrysanthemum coccineum (Pyrethrum roseum)
Carolina lupine--Thermopsis caroliniana


Butterflyweed--Asclepias tuberosa
Blackberry-lily--Belamcanda chinensis
Peachleaf bellflower--Campanula persicifolia
Globe centaurea--Centaura macrocephala
Bugbane--Cimicifuga racemosa
Blanketflower--Gaillardia aristata
Babysbreath--Gypsophila paniculata
Sneezeweed--Helenium autumnale
Sunflower heliopsis--Heliopsis helianthoides
Daylily--many cultivars
Torchlily--Kniphofia uvaria
Gayfeather--Liatris pycnostachya
Lily--Lilium species and cultivars
Statice--Limonium latifolium
Garden phlox--Philox paniculata
Black-eyed-susan--Rudbeckia hirta


Monkshood--Aconitum napellus
White mugwort--Artemisia lactiflora
Frikart aster--Aster X Frikartii
Tube clematis--Clematis heracleifolia
Joe-pye-weed--Eupatorium purpureum
Blanketflower--Gaillardia aristata
Sunflower heliopsis--Heliopsis helianthoides
White plantainlily--Hosta plantaginea
Gayfeather--Liatris scariosa
Lily--Lilium henryi; L.trigrinium; L.formosanum
False-dragonhead--Physostegia virginiana
Coneflower--Rudbeckia maxima; R. speciosa
Perennial black-eyed-susan--Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
Showy stonecrop--Sedum spectabile
Stokes aster--Stokesia laevis


Japanese anemone--Anemone japonica
New England aster--Aster novae-angliae
Fall chrysanthemum--Chrysanthemum morifolium
Coreopsis--Coreopsis grandiflora
Delphinium--many Delphinium cultivars
Mistflower--Eupatorium coelestinum
Willowleaf sunflower--Helianthus salicifolius
Blue salvia--Salvia azurea


Fischers monkshood--Aconitium fischeri
Tartarian aster--Aster tataricus
Fall chrysanthemum--Chrysanthemum morifolium



Ageratum (Floss Flower) Tight clusters of purple / blue flowers. Low grower.

Amaranthus caudatus (Love Lies Bleeding) Hanging ropes of magenta blossoms with the texture of chenille.

Amaranthus hybrids * Spiky blooms in shades from bronze to red.

Ammi majus (Bishop's Flower, False Queen Anne’s Lace, White Dill) The names sum it up.

Anemone (Anemone sylvestris) Delicate white cups with yellow centers.

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)* Green, bell shaped flowers line tall spikes.

Blue Lace Flower (Trachymene coerulea) A smaller, blue version of Queen Anne’s Lace.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Daisy like flowers in hot hues of orange an yellow.

Callistephus chinesis (China Aster) Spidery pom-poms in assorted colors.

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Panicles of small, fluffy red flowers are followed by reddish-brow seed pods.

Celosia, cristata (Cockscomb)* Cauliflower shaped flower heads in brilliant colors.

Celosia, plumosa (Feather)* Plumes in similar shades to C. Cristata.

Celosia, spicata (Wheat)* Fluffy flower spikes.

Centaurea (Bachelors' Button) Periwinkle blue daisy-like flowers

Cleome (Spider Flower) Gangly plants with spidery explosions of flower buds in pink, purple and white.

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Profuse bloomer in a wide assortment of colors and flower shapes.

Dill Flat umbels of yellow flowers.

Drumstick Flower (Craspedia globosa)* One-inch yellow globes on tall, stiff stems.

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica) Profuse bloomer in a rare true blue

Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth)* Small clover-like globe shaped flowers in many colors, on long stems.

Helichrysum (Strawflower) Papery daisy-like flowers in autumn colors

Heliotrope Dense purple flower heads with a light, vanilla scent.

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Polygonum orientale) Long, drooping, reddish flower spikes.

Larkspur (Consolida ambigua)* Considered an ‘annual delphinium’, with similar flower spikes and colors.

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) Flowers could easily be mistaken for a rose, in white, pinks and deep purples.

Marigold (Tagetes erecta) Pom-poms held on tall stems, in shades from soft yellow to deep gold.

Nigella damascena (Love In A Mist)* Balloon shaped buds and star-shaped blooms are cloaked in delicate netting. Blue, pinks, purple and white.

Reseda Odorata (Mignonette) The spikes cream-colored flowers aren’t showy, but they are heavily scented and wonderful in arrangements.

Salpiglossis (Painted Tongue) Soft, velvety trumpet-shaped flowers in a range of colors.

Salvia coccinea (Lady in Red) Spikes of tubular, scarlet red flowers

Salvia farinacea Thin, but sturdy spikes of delicate flowers in shades of blue and white

Statice (Limonium sinuatum)* Sprays of dense, tiny pastel blossoms on very sturdy stems.

Strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata)* Another daisy-like flower from the Astor family, but these have a dry, papery feel even when fresh. Comes in colors fro pastels to hots.

Stock (Matthiola) Dense flower spikes with a spicy scent. Comes in pastels and jewel tones.

Sunflower * Short or giant, sunflowers make long lasting cut flowers.

Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua)* Grown for its fern-like, dark green foliage. Also has delicate, sweet scented white blooms.

Sweet Pea Old fashioned, tall growing sweet peas have pea like blossoms and deceptively strong stems and come in a wide variety of colors and spicy scents.

Verbena bonariensis Small clusters of purple flowers top long (4') stems that waft in the breeze and intermingle with other plants.

Zinnia elegans Pom-poms with dense petals and contrasting centers. Profuse bloomer.

* means they are good for drying too.

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