Botanical Name Flower Planting Schedule

This table lists the recommended times to sow flower seeds (by botanical name) for typical Zones 8-9. If you are in zone 7, for instance, go back a month, zone 6, a month and a half. If you don’t know your zone, check the planting zone maps. And when buying transplants, remember to adjust for the age of the plant (about 1-2 months).

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This table is also available as a flower planting schedule sorted by common name.

Botanical Name months
Ageratum 
(Floss Flower) 
Aguilegia 
(Columbine) 
Alcea rosea 
(Hollyhock) 
Ammi Majus 
(Queen Anne’s Lace) 
Antirrhinum 
(Snapdragon) 
Armeria 
(Thrift, Sea Pink) 
Aster 
(Aster) 
Calendula officinalis 
(Calendula, Pot Marigold) 
Campanula 
(Bellflower) 
Celosia 
(Cockscomb) 
Centaurea cyanus 
(Bachelor Button, Cornflower) 
Centaurea moschata 
(Sweet Sultan) 
Chysanthemum 
(Chysanthemum) 
Clarkia 
(Godetia, Clarkia) 
Cobaea scandens 
(Cup and Saucer Vine) 
Coleus hybridus 
(Coleus) 
Collinsia heterophylla 
(Chinese Houses) 
Convolvulus 
(Convolvulus) 
Coreopsis 
(Coreopsis) 
Cosmos 
(Cosmos) 
Cynoglossum amabile 
(Chinese Forget-me-not) 
Dahlia 
(Dahlia) 
Delphinium 
(Larkspur, Delphinium) 
Dianthus 
(Pink, Dianthus) 
Dianthus barbatus 
(Sweet William) 
Dianthus caryophyllus 
(Carnation) 
Digitalis 
(Foxglove) 
Dimorphotheca 
(African Daisy, Cape Marigold) 
Erysimum 
(Wallflower) 
Eschscholzia californica 
(California Poppy) 
Gaillardia 
(Blanket Flower) 
Gazania 
(Gazania) 
Gypsophila 
(Baby’s Breath, Gypsophila) 
Helianthus 
(Sunflower) 
Helichrysum 
(Strawflower) 
Helipterum 
(Acroclinium) 
Hunnemannia fumariifolia 
(Mexican Tulip Poppy) 
Iberis sempervirens 
(Candytuft) 
Impatiens 
(Impatiens) 
Ipomoea 
(Morning Glory) 
Ipomopsis 
(Ipomopsis) 
Lathyrus 
(Sweet Pea) 
Lavendula 
(Lavendar) 
Limonium 
(Statice) 
Linaria 
(Toadflax) 
Linum 
(Flax) 
Lobelia 
(Lobelia) 
Lobularia maritima 
(Alyssum) 
Lunaria annua 
(Money Plant) 
Lupinus 
(Lupine) 
Matthiola 
(Stock) 
Mentzelia 
(Blazing Star) 
Mirabilis jalapa 
(Four O’Clock) 
Moluccella laevis 
(Bells of Ireland) 
Myosotis 
(Forget-me-not) 
Nemesia 
(Nemesia) 
Nemophila 
(Nemophila) 
Nicotiana 
(Nicotiana) 
Nigella damascena 
(Love-in-a-mist) 
Papaver 
(Poppy) 
Passiflora 
(Passion Vine) 
Petunia hybrida 
(Petunia) 
Phacelia campanularia 
(California Desert Bluebells) 
Phlox 
(Phlox) 
Platycodon 
(Balloon Flower) 
Portulaca 
(Moss Rose) 
Primula 
(Primrose) 
Rudbeckia 
(Gloriosa Daisy, Rudbeckia) 
Salpiglossis sinuata 
(Painted Tongue) 
Salvia 
(Sage) 
Scabiosa 
(Pincushion Flower) 
Schizanthus pinnatus 
(Butterfly Flower) 
Tagetes 
(Marigold) 
Thunbergia 
(Thunbergia) 
Tithonia rotundifolia 
(Mexican Sunflower) 
Torenia fournieri 
(Wishbone Flower) 
Tropaeolum 
(Nasturtium) 
Verbena 
(Verbena) 
Vinca 
(Periwinkle, Myrtle) 
Viola 
(Pansy) 
Viola 
(Viola) 
Zinnia 
(Zinnia) 
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