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Flowers That Look Like Roses

Ulla Rothschuh Osorio
By Ulla Rothschuh Osorio, Biologist. February 2, 2023
Flowers That Look Like Roses

Due to their beauty and unique fragrance, roses are among the most popular flowers in gardens and flower stores. They are characterized by the fact that they have many petals, which are close together and under which stamens and pistils are hidden. They all belong to the rose genus and there are about 30,000 different varieties with different colors. Roses are very high maintenance and many gardeners are not willing to deal with the necessary care.

The following thedailyECO article introduces eight flowers that look like roses for your garden or flower arrangements.

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  1. Peony
  2. Gardenia
  3. Double tulip
  4. Buttercup
  5. Camellia
  6. Zinnia
  7. Beach rose
  8. Double impatiens


The peony or paeony is a flowering plant of the genus Paeonia. Peonies are one of the most expensive flowers in existence. That is why they are a coveted symbol of gentility and luxury. It is safe to say that they are the expensive version of roses. In Feng Shui, they represent love and luck, which is why they are often used for rituals and bridal bouquets. The number of species ranges from 25 to 40.

If you do not want to pay for them, you can grow them at home with proper care. They need a lot of water and are sensitive to light. They need to be planted in the fall, so you can enjoy their flowers in time.

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Flowers That Look Like Roses - Peony


Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. This flower has a similar, though not identical, petal arrangement to the rose. They have a tubular corolla and are white to yellow in color. Like roses, gardenias also emit a strong fragrance.

They need a lot of water and temperatures between 20 °C and 23 °C. The flowers must not touch the water, otherwise they turn brown. It is customary to put the cut gardenias as a centerpiece and in a glass with water, as they will perfume the room for several days.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Gardenia

Double tulip

A double tulip is a tulip with more than the usual six petals of tulips. Because of the large number of petals, which are also together, the flowers closely resemble roses.

They are divided into two groups: early-blooming tulips, which bloom from April to May, and late-blooming tulips, which appear from May. The latter are also known as tulip peonies, because they are also fragrant.

This double tulip is a great addition to any spring flower bed. Because they bloom so late in the season, they are a great addition to your beds because they last longer in the bedding display. With their sturdy stems and attractive flower heads, it's easy to see why it's every gardener's favorite for spring.

You may also be interested in this other article, where we explain how to care for tulips in pots and keep them well, so you can enjoy them for a long time.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Double tulip


These flowers are beautiful because they have so many petals neatly arranged around a center. There are very common wild species, but today there are many varieties with multiple petals and in different colors, which are distinguished by their beauty and delicate aroma.

Some varieties are:

  • Marshmallow: pastel pink
  • Champagne: thin petals in shades of orange, gold and pink
  • Pleniflorus: yellow flowers
  • Picotee: which have colored edges on a white background

To grow them, you need a warm climate and direct sun. They form tubers or tuberous roots from which the plant grows. The larger the tuber, the more flowers the ranunculus will have. In summer and spring, you need to water them every two weeks. Watering is moderate, it is done once a week.

In winter, they go into dormancy, when they are inactive, and it is not necessary to water them until the warm season returns.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Buttercup


Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. Known as the queen of winter flowers, the camellia, is an attractive evergreen shrub that is highly prized for its exquisite bloom. The wild Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) has flowers with five petals, but today there are more than two thousand hybrids, most of which have been modified to have numerous petals, making them very similar to roses.

They are widely used plants in gardens because they form large flowering hedges. They are also plants that can grow very well in heavily wooded areas because they require partial shade.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Camellia


Zinnia is a genus of plants from the tribe Heliantheae within the family Asteraceae. These flowers have a very distinct center from which the petals arise, making them somewhat different from roses. However, their many petals are reminiscent of roses, especially in the varieties where numerous petals cover the center.

These flowers are very common in gardening and landscaping because of their variety of colors. They are typical flowers for warm climates and are not found in temperate climates. Zinnias grow and bloom best in full sun and thrive in many soil types, provided they have good drainage. If the soil is clay, heavy and wet, the roots will rot easily.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Zinnia

Beach rose

As its name suggests, its flowers resemble the rose, although it also resembles the carnation. It also resembles the camellia, but differs in that it does not form shrubs. It grows on beach shores, often on sand dunes, in eastern Asia, northeastern China, Japan, Korea, and southeastern Siberia.

Due to their ability to form buds that open into flowers after cutting, they are frequently used in floristry and table arrangements.

They can be propagated by seeds, but the easiest alternative, if we already have a plant, is to propagate it by cuttings from a mother plant. It needs watering once or twice a week, although the amount of watering can be increased in summer. It requires filtered light so that the flowers do not burn.

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Flowers That Look Like Roses - Beach rose

Double impatiens

Double impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) is one of the most cultivated flowering plants since it has the perfect size to spend its entire life in the pot, and also produces very decorative flowers. This variety of Impatiens has many petals that resemble a rose. All Impatiens produce many flowers, so the double variety can be used for an abundant crop of rose-like flowers. It comes in white, pink, purple, and even orange.

They can be grown in shade with a few hours of filtered light. You can also keep them in pots or directly in the ground. They do not tolerate frost, so you should avoid them in very cold climates. As for watering, the soil must be slightly moist, so the frequency of watering depends on the ambient temperature. In summer, watering must be more constant to compensate for evaporation from the heat.

Flowers That Look Like Roses - Double impatiens

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