January Flowers: 10 Plants That Bloom in January

By   | Last Updated :   March 7, 2022 | Filed In :   Growing Guides

Are you wondering what to plant in your home or garden to brighten it up this winter? I bet you never considered flowers. Even though most flowers can be seen in spring and summer, there are a few varieties that flower in winter.

Let’s introduce you to some stunning January flowers:

Flowers that bloom in January

I’ll start by introducing you to 10 January bloomers, but there are many more. I’ve included two links at the end of the article that include more winter flowering plant ideas.

Let’s take a look at these popular flower varieties:

1. Anthurium andraeanum

Other names: Flamingo flower, tail flower, laceleaf, anthurium, painter’s palette

Flowering time: All year round in 3-month intervals

Colour varieties: Red, pink, white

Use: Ornamental house plant, air purifying plant

Care level: Easy

Anthurium, also known as the Flamingo flower, is a popular ornamental house plant that flowers all year round. This plant is particularly sought after for its colourful, wax-like spathes and bright yellow or red tail-like flower spikes.

Flamingo flowers are popular at Christmas time due to their festive red or white flowers and dark green foliage. Keep in mind that these plants are climbers and need warmth and humidity to thrive.

They also need bright indirect sunlight, but should never be placed in direct sun. Make sure your plant is kept in well-draining soil and given just enough water to stay moist but not wet.

2. Lonicera × purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’

Other names: Honeysuckle ‘Winter Beauty’

Flowering time: Winter to early spring

Colour varieties: Cream

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Honeysuckle is a popular plant due to its incredible scent. These beauties have a tendency to be bushy, but you can train them to climb up a trellis or something similar. This plant is easy to care for so ideal if you’re an absolute beginner.

The cream coloured flowers will be the highlight of the season. They usually appear on the bare branches somewhere in winter and will last into spring. Make sure you plant this specimen in well-draining soil to keep it healthy.

You might also like: 7 Vivid Winter Flowering Climbing Plants

3. Narcissus tazetta subsp. Papyraceus

Other names: Paperwhite daffodil, paperwhite narcissus, Narcissus ‘paperwhite’, Narcissus papyraceus, Narcissus tazetta subsp. papyraceus

Flowering time: Late winter to early spring

Colour varieties: White

Use: Ornamental plant

Care level: Easy

narcissus tazetta subsp. Papyraceus

By Dominicus Johannes Bergsma – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wiki

Paperwhite daffodils grow from bulbs that like to grow in well-draining soil. It’s best to keep the soil constantly moist, but not wet during the growing season and dry in the dormant season. The flowers have an extraordinary scent and are often favoured as cut flowers in the home.

If you leave the flowers on the plant, it’s best to deadhead them once they fade. The leaves of the plant should be left to die back naturally.

4. Lachenalia pendula

Other names: Bulb-bearing leopard lily, Rooinaeltjie, Lachenalia bifolia

Flowering time: Late winter to spring

Colour varieties: Tricoloured flowers (red, purple and green)

Use: Ornamental plant

Care level: Easy

Lachenalia pendula - Bulb-bearing leopard lily

By KENPEI – Own work, CC BY 3.0, via Wiki

Lachenalia, otherwise known as the bulb bearing leopard lily, is a low growing plant with stunning red, green and purple flowers. If given enough sunlight, the leaves usually have spots on them, hence the name leopard lily.

When walking past this beauty, you can’t miss it. The flowers are extremely eye-catching and it makes for an excellent container plant. Make sure to plant leopard lilies in soil that retains moisture, but still drains well. The best place to grow them is in an area with full sun.

More on this: 12 Winter Flowering Plants for Pots: Lively Winter Colours

5. Strelitzia reginae ‘Kirstenbosch Gold’

Alternative names: Bird of paradise ‘Kirstenbosch Gold’, Strelitzia reginae ‘Mandela’s Gold’

Flowering time: Winter and spring

Colour varieties: Purple and yellow

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Strelitzia reginae 'Kirstenbosch Gold'

By Axxter99 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wiki

The stunning, evergreen bird of paradise plant likes moist but well-drained soil. This plant grows quite large so locate it somewhere where it won’t interfere with other plants.

Once these plants flower, you won’t be able to walk past them without admiring the strangely shaped flowers. The flowers appear to have a beak and are often used in arrangements. Bird of paradise is very easy to care for and requires no pruning.

6. Tulipa biflora

Other names: Two-flowered tulip, Tulipa talijevii, Tulipa polychroma

Flowering time: From late winter

Colour varieties: White and yellow

Use: Ornamental plant

Care level: Easy

Tulipa biflora

credit: Wiki

The two flowered tulip is a grey-green perennial bulb with fragrant white and yellow flowers. This stunning plant needs well-drained soil to stay healthy. Two flowered tulips usually form clumps when growing.

The flowers appear first in winter and are then joined by the foliage in spring. They will naturally die back and disappear in summer and autumn just to reappear again sometime during winter.

7. Crocus sieberi ‘Bowles’s White’

Other names: Sieber’s crocus ‘Bowles’s White’, Sieber’s crocus ‘Albus’, Crocus sieberi ‘Albus’

Flowering time: Late winter to early spring

Colour varieties: White and yellow

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Crocus sieberi 'Bowles's White'

By Meneerke bloem – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wiki

Corcus sieberi is a perennial bulb that produces its leaves and flowers at the same time in winter. The foliage will stay around after the flowers die back, but will eventually disappear at the end of summer.

When planting this bulb, keep in mind that it needs full sun and well-drained soil. This plant is extremely easy to care for. After the initial planting, just leave it to do its thing. No pruning is required.

8. Galanthus ‘Trumps’

Other names: Snowdrop ‘Trumps’

Flowering time: From midwinter

Colour varieties: White and green

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Galanthus 'Trumps'

Credit: Piqsels

Snowdrops are bulbous perennials that start to flower in mid-winter. The foliage of this plant is green-grey and appears at about the same time as the flowers. Once summer arrives it will die back completely, just to resprout once it’s winter again.

Make sure you don’t accidentally dig snowdrops up. They won’t be visible during summer and autumn. It’s best to keep the soil in the area moist, but make sure it drains well to prevent the bulbs from rotting. Watering isn’t necessary in summer while the bulbs are dormant.

9. Erica carnea f. alba ‘Winter Snow’

Other names: Heather ‘Winter Snow’, Erica carnea ‘Winter Snow’

Flowering time: From late winter into early spring

Colour varieties: White

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Erica carnea f. alba 'Winter Snow'

credit: Wiki, via CC BY-SA 3.0

Erica carnea heather is a dense clump-forming plant that produces beautiful white flowers in late winter. This plant prefers to grow in full or partial sun and should be grown in very well-drained soil. Make sure that the soil retains some water since this heather doesn’t like to dry out completely.

Even when Erica carnea isn’t flowering, its bright, evergreen foliage will add interest to your garden all year round.

10. Eranthis hyemalis

Other names: Winter aconite, winter hellebore, winter wolf’s bane, Aconitum hyemale

Flowering time: From late winter

Colour varieties: Yellow

Use: Ornamental

Care level: Easy

Eranthis hyemalis

By Kora27 – Own work, via Wiki, CC BY-SA 4.0

Winter aconite is a perennial plant with yellow, cup-shaped flowers that appear in winter. The foliage of this plant usually appears and dies back at the same time as the flowers. Make sure not to dig up the tubers since they will reappear next winter.

Plant winter aconites in well-drained, moist soil in an area with full sun or partial shade. These stunning little flowers will brighten up your winter garden, even when there’s still snow on the ground.

Conclusion

Now that you have an idea of which flowers to expect in January, you can start planning your winter garden. Also, check out our list of indoor plants which flower during winter and tasty vegetables to grow in winter.

You can find more suggestions for winter flowering plants by clicking the links below. I suggest researching the plants before buying as not all the plants on the linked lists will flower in January.

Happy gardening!

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