Purple Flower Plants That Come From Bulbs


Purple flowering plants in shades of light lavender to deep violet lend royal color to a garden. Flower bulbs offer purple flowers in many sizes and styles. Local garden stores carry specific varieties suited to regional gardens.


Use crocus bulbs to produce small spring blooms in purple and other colors. Crocus plants typically grow to 6 inches.

Giant Flowering Onion

Choose flowering onion bulbs for a pink-purple globe flower that blooms in late spring and early summer. The flower is 4 to 6 inches wide on a 3-to-4-foot stalk.

Grape Hyacinth

Plant grape hyacinth bulbs for tight urn-shaped flower clusters in early spring. These small hyacinth plants grow on stems that are 6 to 12 inches.


Use Dutch hybrid, bearded and other iris bulbs for flowers in solid purples and with variegated colors. Sizes vary depending on species.


Select tulip bulbs, available in purple shades and other colors, for spring flowers with deep flower cups on stems 6 to 30 inches tall.


  • Univ. of Illinois: Spring Bulbs

Who Can Help

  • International Bulb Society: Flower Bulb Basics
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