Flowers That Start With C

Here are the different types of flowers with names that begin with the letter C. With an emphasis on common and easy to grow varieties.

Calendula officinalis

Also known as the pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold, or Scotch marigold. Calendula officinalis produces bright orange flowers.

Calendula officinalis.
Calendula officinalis.

California Flannel Bush

Common names for this flower are California flannelbush, California Fremontia, and flannel bush. It is a flowering shrub native to diverse terrain in southwestern North America. The mellow yellow flowers blend subtly with the green foliage.

California Flannel Bush

California Poppy

Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) is also sometimes known as the Flame Flower, la amapola, and Copa de Oro (cup of gold).

California Poppy. (Eschscholzia californica).

Calla Lily

White calla lilies tolerate partial shade, but they grow and bloom best in full sun and evenly moist soil. 


Although Camellia is hardy, it’s best to cover the plant in the event of a harsh or lengthy frost in order to prevent frost damage. Doing so helps protect the lush pink flowers.


Campanula latifolia

It is also known as the large Campanula and the wide-leaved bellflower.

Campanula latifolia. (Giant Bellflower).


Silene uniflora is a species of flowering plant in the pink family Caryophyllaceae known by the common name sea campion.

Campion (Silene uniflora “Robin Whitebreast”)

Canadian Goldenrod

Solidago canadensis is an herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. It is often grown as an ornamental in flower gardens.

Canadian Goldenrod

Canada Violet

Viola canadensis is more commonly known as Canadian white violet, Canada violet, tall white violet, or white violet due to the strikingly white flowers they produce.

Canada violet (Viola canadensis)

Canary Island Daisy

Asteriscus sericeus, the Canary Island daisy, is a species in the daisy family endemic to the Canary Islands. 

Canary island daisy (Asteriscus sericeus)
Snail on Canary island daisy (Asteriscus sericeus).


Iberis sempervirens, the evergreen candytuft or perennial candytuft, is a species of flowering native to southern Europe. They are great decorative flowers.


Canna Lily

Canna Lily. (Zingiberales).

Cape Daisy

Cape daisy (Dimorphotheca)

Cape Primrose

A popular house plant, Cape Primrose. (Streptocarpus), is an Afrotropical genus of flowering plant native to Afromontane biotopes from central, eastern and southern Africa, including Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.

Cape Primrose. (Streptocarpus).

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flowers grow best in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade, except in cool areas where they need full sun. The red flowers of the cardinal flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds.

Ruby-throated hummingbird on Cardinal Flower. (Lobelia cardinalis).

Carmine Cob

Carmine Cob (Echinopsis Backebergii)


Colombia is the biggest producer of carnations in the world. It is also commonly known as the carnation or clove pink.

Carnation. (Dianthus caryophyllus).

Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus, commonly called Carolina allspice, is a dense, rounded deciduous shrub with a suckering habit which grows 6-9′ (less frequently to 12′) tall with an equal or slightly greater spread.

Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus)


Common names include rose campion, dusty miller, mullein-pink, bloody William, and lamp-flower. 

Catchfly (Lychnis coronaria)


Nepeta cataria is commonly known as catnip, catswort, catwort, and catmint.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Bee on catnip plant.

Caucasian Stonecrop

Caucasian Stonecrop, is an excellent groundcover plant, particularly for hot, dry sites with poor soil. It’s a good replacement for certain types of ivy.


Celosia. (Amaranth Family. Wool flower).


The flower heads occur in various forms and can be daisy-like or decorative, like pompons or buttons. They are also sometimes called mums or chrysanths.



Farewell to Spring is one of 41 species of Clarkia found in the Western parts of North America and in Pacific coast regions of South America. All species are annual herbs of the evening primrose family. Clarkia amoena is found in dry, often rocky grasslands and at the edge of forests in the Coastal and Cascade Range from Northern California to Washington.

Plant of the Week: Farewell to Spring – University of Arkansas
Clarkia. (Farewell to Spring).


The genus name is from Ancient Greek clématis, (“a climbing plant”). Most species are known as clematis in English, while some are also known as traveler’s joy.

Clematis. (Ranunculus).


Clover. (Pea Family).
Clover. (Pea Family).


Cockscomb. (Celosia).  Amaranthaceae.


They are perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their purple flowersMany columbines have gray-blue or blue-green foliage

Columbine. (Aquilegia). Granny's Bonnet.


Coneflowers grow in the fields, meadows, dry woodlands, grasslands and prairies. They are found only in eastern and central North America.

Coneflower. Echinacea. (Asteraceae).

Coral Bells

Heuchera, also known as alumroot or coral bells, thrive in light shade. These plants are native to North America.

Coral Bells. (Saxifragaceae).


Common names include calliopsis and tickseed, a name shared with various other plants. Coreopsis can reach 16 to 47 inches in height and 15 to 18 inches in width.

Coreopsis. Asteraceae.


Cosmos.  (Asteraceae).


Cotoneaster. Milk Flower. Deer Resistant. (Rosaceae).

Cranesbill Geranium

Cranesbill Geranium. (Hardy Geranium, Rock Cranesbill).

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox. (Phlox stolonifera).


Crocosmia. (Monbretia).


Crocus. (Iridaceae)

Crown Imperial

Crown Imperial. (Fritillaria).

Cuckoo Flower

Cuckoo Flower. (Cardamine pratensis).


Like most plants native to the eastern Mediterranean climate, cyclamen bloom in the fall, winter, and spring when the weather is cool and damp.

Cyclamen. (Myrsinaceae).