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20 Best Coastal Flowers

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Coastal regions offer a unique soil environment characterized by salty air, shifting sands, and the soothing sounds of waves hitting the shore. Within these dynamic ecosystems, an array of beautiful ocean flowers thrive, displaying resilience and grace against an inopportune terrain. Whether you’re strolling along sandy beaches or exploring rocky cliffs, these flowers add bursts of color and fragrance to the coastal landscape. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to 20 remarkable flowers that bloom in coastal areas, highlighting their distinctive features, including shape, size, color, and hardiness zones.

Beach Rose (Rosa Rugosa)

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The Beach Rose, known for its hardiness and sweet fragrance, is a common sight along seaside dunes and cliffs, adding a touch of elegance to sandy landscapes.

  • Shape: Single, five-petaled blooms
  • Size: Medium-sized flowers, typically 2-3 inches in diameter
  • Color: Shades of pink or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-7

Sea Thrift (Armeria Maritima)

Bush of pink sea thrift flowers

Sea Thrift, also called Sea Pink, forms dense mats of foliage dotted with charming pink or white flowers, thriving in the salty breezes of coastal areas.

  • Shape: Clusters of tiny, globe-shaped flowers atop slender stems.
  • Size: Petite blooms, around 0.5 inches in diameter.
  • Color: Pink, purple, or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Beach Sunflower (Helianthus Debilis)

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With its cheerful blooms and tolerance to salt spray, the Beach Sunflower adds a splash of sunshine to sandy shores and coastal dunes, attracting bees and butterflies.

  • Shape: Bright yellow, daisy-like flowers with prominent centers
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 2-3 inches wide
  • Color: Vibrant yellow
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Sea Holly (Eryngium)

Close-up of sea holly flowers

Sea Holly’s metallic-blue oceanside flowers and spiky foliage make it a striking addition to coastal gardens, thriving in well-drained sandy soils and salty conditions.

  • Shape: Spiky, globe-like flower heads surrounded by bracts
  • Size: Moderate-sized blooms, around 1-2 inches in diameter
  • Color: Blue, purple, or silver
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Salt Marsh Fleabane (Pluchea Odorata)

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Salt Marsh Fleabane, a salt-tolerant perennial, graces coastal marshes and wetlands with its delicate blooms, providing habitat and food for wildlife.

  • Shape: Clusters of small, daisy-like flowers
  • Size: Petite blooms, approximately 0.5 inches wide
  • Color: White or pale pink
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea Pes-caprae)

Close-up of white beach morning glory

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Beach Morning Glory, also known as Railroad Vine, carpets sandy beaches with its trailing vines and vibrant flowers, thriving in the sun-drenched conditions of coastal areas.

  • Shape: Funnel-shaped flowers with a prominent center
  • Size: Small to medium-sized blooms, around 1-2 inches wide
  • Color: Blue-purple or pink
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Beach Pea (Lathyrus Japonicus)

Purple beach pea flowers in the sand

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Beach Pea, with its delicate tendrils and sweetly scented flowers, adds a touch of romance to coastal dunes and cliffs, attracting pollinators with its nectar-rich blooms.

  • Shape: Pea-like flowers arranged in clusters
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 1-1.5 inches wide
  • Color: Lavender or pink
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-8

Beach Aster (Symphyotrichum Racemosum)

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Beach Aster, a hardy perennial, forms drifts of dainty coastal flowers along sandy shores, providing late-season nectar for butterflies and bees as summer transitions to fall.

  • Shape: Daisy-like flowers with numerous narrow petals
  • Size: Small to medium-sized blooms, around 1 inch wide
  • Color: White or pale lavender
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Sea Lavender (Limonium)

Purple sea lavender flowers growing outside

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Sea Lavender, also known as Statice, adds a pop of color to coastal meadows and marshes with its papery blooms, which retain their vibrant hues when dried for floral arrangements. It’s a perfect blooming perimeter to match with other cottage flowers.

  • Shape: Tiny, densely-packed flowers on branching stems
  • Size: Small blooms, approximately 0.25 inches wide
  • Color: Purple, pink, or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Coastal Goldenrod (Solidago Sempervirens)

Coastal goldenrod flowers growing outside

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Coastal Goldenrod, a resilient perennial, illuminates coastal landscapes with its warm, golden blooms, providing a late-season feast for bees and butterflies before the frost sets in. 

  • Shape: Plume-like clusters of tiny, yellow flowers
  • Size: Small blooms, around 0.25 inches wide
  • Color: Bright yellow
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-10

Beach Strawberry (Fragaria Chiloensis)

Close-up of white beach strawberry flower

Beach Strawberry, with its dainty flowers and delicious fruits, forms low-growing mats along sandy shores, delighting both humans and wildlife with its sweet bounty.

  • Shape: Five-petaled, white flowers with yellow centers
  • Size: Small blooms, typically 0.5-1 inch wide
  • Color: White
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sea Pink (Armeria Maritima)

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Sea Pink, a tough and resilient perennial, carpets coastal cliffs and dunes with its charming pink or white blooms, attracting pollinators and adding a splash of color to rocky landscapes.

  • Shape: Rounded clusters of tiny, globe-shaped flowers
  • Size: Petite blooms, around 0.5 inches wide
  • Color: Pink or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Pacific Coast Iris (Iris Douglasiana)

Field of pacific coast iris flowers

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Pacific Coast Iris, a native beauty, graces coastal woodlands and meadows with its exquisite blooms, which feature intricate patterns and a stunning array of colors, attracting admiration from gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike. You may also find this variety as a mountain flower near the Western Californian ranges. 

  • Shape: Iris-like flowers with six petals and distinctive markings
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 2-3 inches wide
  • Color: Shades of blue, purple, or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-10

Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia Soldanella)

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Beach Morning Glory, with its trailing vines and delicate flowers, thrives in sandy coastal habitats, where it adds a touch of ethereal beauty to beachfront landscapes, attracting attention from beachgoers and photographers alike

  • Shape: Funnel-shaped flowers with a pink or white hue
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, around 1-2 inches wide
  • Color: Pink or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-10

Seaside Daisy (Erigeron Glaucus)

Pinkish seaside daisy flowers growing outside

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A charming ocean wildflower, blankets coastal cliffs and meadows with its cheerful blooms, which dance in the sea breeze and provide essential nectar for pollinators, contributing to the coastal ecosystem’s health and diversity.

  • Shape: Daisy-like flowers with numerous slender petals
  • Size: Small to medium-sized blooms, approximately 1 inch wide
  • Color: Lavender, pink, or white
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Coastal Penstemon (Penstemon Spectabilis)

Light purple coastal penstemon flowers growing

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Coastal Penstemon, with its showy flowers and attractive foliage, thrives in sandy soils and coastal scrub habitats, where it serves as a valuable food source for hummingbirds and other nectar-seeking creatures, adding vibrancy to coastal landscapes.

  • Shape: Tubular flowers with two lips, resembling miniature trumpets
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 1-2 inches long
  • Color: Shades of blue, purple, or pink
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-10

Beach Evening Primrose (Camissonia Cheiranthifolia)

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Beach Evening Primrose, a hardy coastal native, brightens sandy shores and coastal dunes with its cheerful yellow blooms, which open in the evening and attract nocturnal pollinators, contributing to the intricate web of life along the coast.

  • Shape: Cup-shaped flowers with four petals
  • Size: Small to medium-sized blooms, around 1 inch wide
  • Color: Yellow
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Sea Dahlia (Leptosyne Maritima)

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Sea Dahlia, also known as Beach Aster, graces coastal habitats with its showy blooms and drought-tolerant foliage, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies and enhancing the landscape’s beauty and biodiversity.

  • Shape: Daisy-like flowers with bright yellow centers
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 1.5-2 inches wide
  • Color: White or pale yellow
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Coast Lily (Lilium Maritimum)

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Coast Lily, a native treasure, thrives in coastal scrub and grassland habitats, where its fragrant blooms and striking appearance captivate the senses, symbolizing the resilience and beauty of coastal ecosystems.

  • Shape: Trumpet-shaped flowers with prominent stamens
  • Size: Large blooms, around 3-4 inches long
  • Color: White or pale pink with orange markings
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-10

Beach Naupaka (Scaevola Taccada)

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A salt-tolerant shrub graces tropical environments with its distinctive holiday flowers, which are said to resemble half of a blossom, adding a touch of exotic beauty to coastal landscapes and providing habitat for native wildlife.

  • Shape: Half-flowers resembling fans, with five petals
  • Size: Medium-sized blooms, typically 1-2 inches wide
  • Color: White or pale lavender
  • Hardiness Zone: 10-11

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Exploring the seaside is typically a gorgeous getaway, combining the calming sound of lapping waves with a backdrop of the best tropical flowers. These 20 blooms, each with its unique shape, size, and color contribute to the beauty and biodiversity of coastal ecosystems. From the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coast to the sandy shores of the Atlantic, these flowers endure harsh battering conditions to bring nature’s absolute best to beach towns. Send your loved ones their favorite ocean flowers by ordering Bouqs flower delivery today! 

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