7 Purple Flowers to Grow in Wisconsin

Purple flowers can add a pop of vibrant, royal color to your garden. Which purple flowering plants should you consider growing in Wisconsin?

Purple flowering plants complement lots of other colors in gardens. For a more classic look, place different shades of purple flowers next to plants with pink, blue, and white flowers. 

Purple flowers with deep green foliage create an eye-catching combination in flowerpots or landscapes. They catch not only the eyes of passersby but also small birds and insects that can help pollinate all the flowers in your garden. 

Here is a list of plants with dazzling purple flowers that can add beauty to your garden while helping with its longevity. 

1. New England Aster

The New England aster is an eye-catching fall flower that prefers moist, rich soil and grows well in full sun or partial shade. Its pinkish-purple daisy-like flowers bloom in abundance from late summer to early fall. 

This plant grows quickly and blooms within the first year it’s planted. 

beautiful purple new england aster flowers

2. Prairie Smoke

Prairie smoke is a striking grassland wildflower that has unique feathery seed heads. These seed heads create the illusion of smoke hovering atop the plant’s stems.

Its clusters of reddish-pink, maroon, or purple flowers bloom in late spring through early summer, and its frond-like leaves turn scarlet, purple, and orange as seasons change.

unique appearance of a prairie smoke flower

3. Wild Geranium

Wild geraniums are striking with their large flowers, which are often rose-colored or pink but can also be deep purple or white. Its pile of dense, dark green foliage can grow up to 2 feet tall. 

Each flower has tiny, dark lines that help guide pollinating insects to its nectar.

Wild geraniums bloom for about a month in late spring through early summer. They sometimes bloom longer in milder climates. 

purple large petals of wild geranium

4. Prairie Phlox

Prairie phlox plants are long-blooming herbaceous perennials. Prairie phlox flowers bloom in colors that range from pale pink to deep purple. 

Monarch butterflies rely heavily on their nectar during their spring migration. Hummingbirds and other pollinators are also drawn to this plant’s bright-colored flowers. 

Prairie phloxes are wonderful additions to gardens with dry, sandy, or medium loamy soil. However, it will need regular maintenance to prevent rampant spreading.

5. Pasque Flower

The pasque plant is a perennial with lovely lavender flowers that bloom in the spring. Their flowers can also be red or white. It can sometimes bloom before the plant’s leaves re-emerge! 

Pasque plants can survive in partial shade; however, they grow best in full sun when planted in well-drained soil. 

This plant is an excellent addition to early spring gardens. They may go dormant in the summer heat, but they will reappear healthier than ever the next spring.

beautiful pasque flowers in the garden

6. Purple Prairie Clover

Purple prairie clover features lovely cone-like purple flowers with golden accents that bloom in the summer. Its wispy green foliage can grow 1 – 3 feet tall, and its root system is made up of strong taproots that spread deep underground.

Purple prairie clover is a beautiful addition to roadside landscaping and wildflower gardens. 

beautiful purple prairie clover flowers

7. Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar periwinkle plants are delicate perennials with glossy green leaves and dark pink flowers that bloom from early summer to late fall. Its flowers can also be red, purple, or white.

This plant thrives in the summer heat and is drought-tolerant once its roots are established. Plant it in well-drained soil.

Madagascar periwinkle looks great as an edging plant. It also adds a splash of purple or lavender to flowerbeds, landscaping borders, or planters. This flowering plant can also grow as an annual groundcover.

Leila Haynes
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