Languages › German Learn the Names of Common Flowers (Blumen) in German Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images/wingmar German Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar by Ingrid Bauer Ingrid Bauer, who is fluent in German, has been teaching and tutoring the German language since 1996. She has a teaching degree and an M.A. in German studies. Updated January 27, 2019 Flowers are an ever-present part of the German landscape. In the middle of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in southwest Germany, for example, sits Mainau Island, also called the "Island of Flowers." Flowers also play a significant role in German traditions and holidays. In the weeks prior to Easter, you will see spring flowers on display alongside Easter trees (ostereierbaum). So, as you study German, familiarize yourself with the names of flowers and related words. Parts of a Flower In the translations in this and the below sections, the name of the flower, or flower-related vocabulary, is listed on the left with the German translation on the right to help you find the term or phrase more easily. Before learning the names of various flowers, take a moment to memorize German words related to the parts of a flower—or blumenbestandteile: Blossom > die BlüteBud > die KnospeLeaf > das BlattSeed > der SamenStem > der StengelThorn > der Stachel Common Flower Names In Germany, several flowers are particularly abundant, including carnations, lilies, and roses, says FloraQueen. However, many other types of flowers are also common in Germany. Familiarize yourself with flower names so that you'll be able to speak knowledgeably about these plants with native speakers. Name of Flower in English German Translation Lily of the valley das Maiglöckchen Amaryllis die Amaryllis Anemone die Anemone Aster die Aster Baby's Breath das Schleierkraut Begonia die Begonie Blanket Flower die Kokardenblume, die Papageiblume Bleeding Heart das Tränende Herz Carnation die Nelke Columbine die Akelei Cornflower (Bachelor's Button) die Kornblume Crocus der Krokus Daffodil die Narzisse, die Osterglocke Dahlia die Dahlie Daisy das Gänseblümchen Dandelion der Löwenzahn Echinacea der Sonnenhut,der Scheinsonnenhut Edelweiss das Edelweiß Forget me nots Vergissmeinnicht Galliardia die Gaillardie Geranium die Geranie Gladiolus die Gladiole Goldenrod die Goldrute Heather die Erika, das Heidekraut Hibiscus der Hibiskus, der Eibisch Hyacinth die Hyazinthe Iris die Iris, die Schwertlilie Jasmin der Jasmin, Echter Jasmin Jonquil die Jonquille Lavender der Lavendel Lilac der Flieder Lily die Lilie Marigold die Tagetes, die Ringelblume Orchid die Orchidee Pansy das Stiefmütterchen Peony die Pfingstrose, die Päonie Petunia die Petunie Poppy der Mohn, die Mohnblume Rose die Rose Snapdragon das Garten Löwenmaul Snowdrop das Schneeglöckchen Sunflower die Sonnenblume Tulip die Tulpe Violet das Veilchen Zinnia die Zinnie Other Flower-Related Vocabulary As you study the names of common flowers and vocabulary related to flower parts, don't forget to familiarize yourself with flower-related vocabulary. Note that in German, each noun, pronoun and article has four cases. Therefore, a common noun such as Blumenstrauß—flower bouquet—may start with a capital letter, even if it does not begin a sentence and even though it would be lowercased in English. To bloom > blühenTo water > gießenTo wilt > verwelkenFlower bouquet > der BlumenstraußFlower shop > der BlumenladenFlorist > der Florist, der Blumenverkäufer Flower Idioms Once you've mastered the names and parts of flowers, impress your native-speaking friends with some well-known flower idioms—blumen redewendungen: To beat around the bush > durch die Blume sagenTo push up radishes > Die Radieschen von unten anschauen/betrachten Though the second phrase is translated literally, in English, this idiom would more normally be translated as "pushing up daisies" (to be dead). Try out this saying the next time you're watching a mobster movie with your German-speaking friends. Continue Reading Common German Idioms, Sayings and Proverbs What Is the German Version of "The Night Before Christmas"? History of the German Bible & Well-Known Passages Using German Music in the German Classroom Can You Sing "Mack the Knife" in German? Do You Know How to Sing "Jingle Bells" in German? The Translation of 'Edelweiss' Isn't Exact but Keeps the Song's Tone How Do You Translate the World's Countries From English to German? Find out What Your German Last Name Really Means in English What Are the Most Common German Names for Boys and Girls? When Do You Use "Sein" and "Haben" in German? The Real Meaning of that German Last Name Can You Say the Signs of the Zodiac in German? How Can the German Short Story 'Sandskulpturen' Improve Comprehension? Do You Know the Meaning of the German Carol "O Tannenbaum" Why Did the Fab Four Sing in German?