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47 plants that begin to bloom in March

  • 47 plants that begin to bloom in March

    As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but as many flora lovers know, there's no need to wait till May to see blossoming plants. There are numerous plants that produce beautiful, blooming flowers by March.

    After analyzing data from the Missouri Botanical Garden list of bloom times, which shows the blooming months for a wide variety of plants found in the United States, Stacker compiled this list of 47 plants that bloom in March.

    While this list only shows flowering plants commonly found in the U.S. that bloom in March, some plants bloom as early as January and February. The full blooming period is listed on each slide, and the plants are listed according to their bloom times, starting with plants that begin blooming in early March.

    The list also references the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map, as this is the standard the USDA uses to inform gardeners about where certain plants are most likely to thrive. Enter your zip code on the USDA website or the National Gardening Association website to see which of these plants are blooming near you.

    Read on to learn about 47 plants that begin to bloom in March.

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  • #1. Japanese apricot

    Scientific name: Prunus mume
    Bloom period: Late February to early April (peak bloom time in March)

    Unlike many other plants, Japanese apricots begin blooming in the chilly winter months. The plant is found in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 9, and the plant's pink, red, and white flowers have a spicy fragrance. The plant also has several medicinal applications and can be taken to treat intestinal disorders or prevent heart disease.

  • #2. Iris

    Scientific name: Iris
    Bloom period: Late February to mid-June (peak bloom time in March)

    Named for the Greek goddess Iris, these purple flowers are planted as bulbs. There are several varieties with different physical characteristics. Some varieties fare better in different parts of the U.S., including the white “I Do” variety and the pink “Jennifer Rebecca.”

  • #3. Spring snowflake

    Scientific name: Leucojum vernum
    Bloom period: Early March to early May

    Despite their name, spring snowflakes look like little white bells or skirts. Their flowers have a light scent, and the plant does best in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. They're also deer- and rabbit-resistant, making them a favorite for gardeners.

  • #4. Primrose

    Scientific name: Primula
    Bloom period: Early March to mid-September

    The perennial primrose can come in many colors: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, and blue. Though these plants enjoy damp, forestlike conditions, they can be prone to slugs, snails, and rot.

  • #5. Serviceberry

    Scientific name: Amelanchier
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early May

    Though the serviceberries' white flowers emerge in the spring, this tree is known for being beautiful year-round. In the summer, it produces berries. In the autumn, the leaves turn fiery orange, and in the winter months, the plant's bare bark turns silvery. Different varieties fare better in various USDA hardiness zones.

  • #6. Higan cherry

    Scientific name: Prunus subhirtella
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early April

    Cherry blossoms are one of spring's most celebrated flowers—think of all the people who flock to Japan each year for its cherry blossom festivals. Native to that island nation, Higan cherry trees burst with tiny, pinkish flowers beginning in March. The plants grow best in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8.

  • #7. Flowering quince

    Scientific name: Chaenomeles
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early June

    This spiny shrub has lovely red flowers and nasty thorns, making them a favorite for hedging and growing against walls. The flowers and subsequent fruit attract many types of birds, but there are also varieties that don't have thorns or fruit.

  • #8. Summer snowflake

    Scientific name: Leucojum aestivum
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early May

    Thriving best in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9, summer snowflakes look similar to their spring snowflake counterparts. The plant's chocolate-scented flowers bloom from March to May and go dormant in the summer.

  • #9. Star magnolia

    Scientific name: Magnolia stellata
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early May

    Star magnolias are native to Japan. These lovely ornamental trees with white, spindly flowers thrive in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. However, they are delicate and do best in sheltered gardens, especially since they bloom at a time when frost might still damage them.

  • #10. Crabapple

    Scientific name: Malus
    Bloom period: Mid-March to early May

    What's the difference between an apple from the grocery store and a crabapple? Size. Wild crabapples are much smaller than their produce-aisle counterparts. They're edible, too, though many of the varieties are quite sour.

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