Types of Dried Flowers & Their Names

So you've fallen in love with dried flowers? (We have too)

You've seen some stunning dried flower arrangements online... And they've certainly blown you away. But none of them have quite hit the nail on the head for you. It's got you curious about making your own flower arrangement from scratch, BUT.

There's a problem...

You don't actually know the names of any of the flowers you see.

Fortunately, we can help. Today, we will be providing you with an extensive list of the most popular dried flowers. You'll learn Dried Flower names and types (with pictures included!). See how these flowers compare to the 8 most popular flowers (fresh flowers that is).

So you can finally create your very own custom flower arrangement.

Let's dive in.

Types of Dried Flowers (With Pictures):

Here is an extensive list of dried flower names.

Amaranthus (Amaranth)

Amaranthus is perfect for hanging down the side or front of a pot or vase. Our favourite colours are white and cream.

It's important to be gentle with this stem, as you want to ensure it doesn't get caught on anything if you ever need to transport your arrangement.

Here's a picture of white amaranthus in our Dried Protea Arrangement.

Banksia

Banksias are native to Australia and are great at making up the centre piece or feature of any dried flower arrangement. 

We are big fans of Banksia flowers, so much so that we created an entire banksia guide

We love to build our flower arrangements around the theme of a centrally located banksia flower.

Banksias come in many different shapes and sizes. Our favourite Banksias to dry are the Banksia Hookeriana. 

Here's a picture of Dried Banksia in our most popular Charli arrangement.

Billy Buttons (Craspedia Globosa)

Billy Buttons are gorgeous golden coloured, globe shaped flowers. 

They can be used on their own for a pop of colour in your home, in a pot or vase with other dried flowers, or even as part of a gorgeous native bouquet with wrapping as simple as some tissue paper.

They are naturally golden in colour but can come in other colours. Preserved Billy Buttons are often dyed and can come in an array of colour such as pink, blue and red.

Here are some golden craspedia (billy buttons) stealing the show in our Dried Banksia Arrangement.

Brazilian Star Flower

Brazilian star flowers are utterly stunning. Although they are very small, they are a great compliment to any dried flower bouquet or preserved flower arrangement.

They are often used as filler and come in various colours like yellow and pink.  

If you look closely you can find it scattered throughout this Rosy Arrangement.

Bunny Tails (Lagurus)

A soft and fluffy grass, that perhaps resembles a rabbit’s fluffy tail. Dried bunny tails are one of the most popular dried flowers and are often found in vases by themselves or alongside some stunning everlasting flowers. 

They are perennial, meaning that they are available all throughout the year. As a result, they are also rather affordable.

Here are some pink bunny tails featured in this Pink Dried Flower Arrangement

Dried Cotton

Dried cotton is more of a plant than a flower, but is often found in Dried Flower bouquets. Its fluffy, fairy floss like heads add a touch of softness to flower arrangements. 

Dried cotton tends to go well with minimal arrangements and can even become a bit of a feature, but also works well in conjunction with other blooms.

Spinning Gum

Dried spinning gum (also known as dried eucalyptus) are our absolute favourite gum leaves to use from the Eucalypt family.  

Preserved spinning gum adds a touch of softness in dried native flowers and looks amazing alongside dried gum. Both dried and preserved gum can be found in our Native Dried Banksia Arrangement.

In particular, spinning gum looks amazing with lighter flower shades such as yellow, white and light pink. 

In our Small Banksia Arrangement, you can find preserved gum leaves.

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)

Dried Gypsophila (also commonly known as Dried Baby's Breath) is like a sprinkle of stardust on any arrangement. It adds a touch of softness and usually ties together the array of colours and flowers used in our dried arrangements. 

We love baby's breath as it looks the same whether fresh, dried or preserved.

Here you can see it placed in our Pamala Arrangement.

Hydrangea

Preserved and dried hydrangea would have to be one of the most popular dried botanicals. I think we have dried hydrangea in every one of our everlasting flower arrangements.

It’s gorgeous, soft petals add a touch of softness and elegance to floral arrangements and it’s colours are utterly stunning.

Preserved Hydrangea looks amazing in big bunches in a vase on its own or even featured in a dried wedding bouquet.

Here is White Hydrangea featured in our Fern Arrangement.

Jequirity / Linseed

Dried Jequirity or dried linseed is very similar in nature to baby's breath or stirlinga and serves a very similar purpose.

It is great as a filler for the back of your arrangements and can be found in a variety of different colours.

Jewelry Grass

Jewelry glass is again very similar to horse tails or bunny tails, except for their very unique texture.

They are relatively common and are great for making your arrangement look a little more unique.

Lunaria Annua (Honesty)

Known for its delicate, translucent leaves, with small brown spots in the centre. 

Dried Lunaria or Honesty, is a stunning flower that adds a touch of elegance and softness to all arrangements.

Featured in Snow - our White Preserved Flower Arrangement.

Magnolia

Magnolia flowers are readily used in our arrangements. They provide the perfect main feature and come in a variety of colours.

You can have them embedded low down in a similar fashion to hydrangea, or up higher as more of a feature.

They would also look amazing in a vase on their own as they have a rather unique shape and texture.

You can find these cream magnolia flowers in our Fleur Arrangement.

Magnolia Leaves

A popular filler in our native arrangements. With shiny, smooth brown and green leaves.

Magnolia leaves are very popular and dry really well. We love drying them ourselves and adding them to our native dried flower arrangements.

Here are some Dried Magnolia Leaves in our Dried Native Bouquet.

Ming Fern / Asparagus Fern

Dried Ming Fern is extremely bushy and thick. 

Similar to hydrangea, it is great to provide a richness and fullness to any arrangement you're creating.

It would have to be one of our favourites as it looks great as a feature or filler in bouquets and vase arrangements. We most often use it in white but also in brown.

Here it is featured in our Brown Dried Flower Arrangement.

Mini Fern / Leather Fern

Similar to other ferns, Dried Leather Fern provides a nice, delicate look to any arrangement.

It's texture and pattern is impeccable and can be used in a whole host of different contexts.

You can find some Leather Fern in our neutral preserved arrangement.

Limonium (Misty or Statice)

Dried Limonium - also known as sea lavender, misty, or statice is another bushy bloom, which can be used in the background of an arrangement or even in a bouquet on its own.

Dried Limonium also goes exceptionally well with Australian native flowers.

You can find it in our King Protea Flower Arrangement.

Palms (Palm Spears, Sun Palms, Palm Fronds)

Dried palms are extremely popular and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Large dried palms work really well as a backdrop which everything else can rest in front of. They also look incredible in a dried flower wall hanging.

Dried palm spears can be placed in the middle of arrangement to provide some structure and fullness.

Here is a palm frond featured in our Autumn Flower Arrangement.

 

Pampas Grass

Dried Pampas Grass would have to be one of the most popular dried florals we have ever come across. 

Dried Pampas Grass is often featured in dreamy Pinterest weddings and large dried flower arrangements. 

Pampas Grass works well with almost anything - standing by itself on your bedroom floor, at the back of an arrangement or even alone in a tall vase.

It's versatility and beauty is highly sought after and we absolutely love it.

Here is some Dried Pampas Grass featured in our Alina Arrangement.

Preserved Roses

Preserved Roses bring some elegance and class to any arrangement.

The great thing about them is that they look a lot richer and lively than their dried counterparts.

They're a good compromise between fresh and dried flowers and are perfect for a romantic or birthday gift.

Here they are red preserved roses featured in our Camille Arrangement.

Rice Flower

Gorgeous clusters of small circles, similar size to a grain of rice. Rice flower is a very popular dried flower as it looks simply gorgeous.

Available in various colours, our favourites being white and pink.

You can find Preserved Rice Flower in our White Dried Flower Bouquet.

Ruscus

Dried Italian Ruscus or Israeli Ruscus is one of the most popular dried flowers, alongside dried hydrangea. 

Dried Italian Ruscus features small pointed leaves along long thin stems that resemble tree branches. Whereas Dried Israeli Ruscus features soft, large leaves that bring a touch of luxury to flower arrangements.

Here is some luxury Israeli Ruscus featured in our Love Actually Arrangement

Sorghum

Dried Sorghum is absolutely stunning and compliments neutral or native flowers. Commonly seen in white or a traditional red/burnt orange. 

Dried sorghum can become a real feature of the floral arrangement your planning or can tie in well with the background.

Here is some White Dried Sorghum featured in our Fern Arrangement.

Stirlingia (Blueboy)

Dried Stirlingia’s dark colour makes them a great choice to contrast lighter shades.

Stirlingia comes in many different colours and sizes, as there is a variety of species available. 

Dried Stirlingia works really well in neutral arrangements when you are wanting to add a pop of colour.

You can see dried Stirlingia used here in our Fleur Arrangement.

Where to buy Dried Flowers:

Dried flowers are readily available online at stores such as Milla Rose, from markets, local florists or from suppliers throughout Australia (or around the world) if you are wanting to have a go at creating your own dried flower arrangements.

8 Most Popular Dried Flowers:

  1. Pampas Grass
  2. Bunny Tails
  3. Dried Ruscus
  4. Dried Palm Leaves
  5. Baby’s Breath
  6. Rice Flower
  7. Dried Ming Fern
  8. Hanging Amaranthus

The Bottom Line

This article has only mentioned a few of the popular dried flowers we often see in dried and preserved flower arrangements. 

Milla Rose uses an array of dried flower stems in our everlasting flower arrangements and dried bouquets. We love natives and neutrals as well as the occasional pop of colour. 

Feel free to get in touch with us if you're looking for a particular bloom and we will be able to point you in the right direction.

Ali, Dan & Milla

- The Milla Rose Team