Autumn Wedding Flowers in South Africa

Autumn Wedding Flowers in South Africa

[two_column]It is said that autumn is the second spring when it comes to flower and foliage varieties. And the varieties available are usually more abundant than in summer as some winter flowers are sewn early in hothouses to extend their period and may be available before winter actually starts. If you are getting married in this season, you might consider these flowers for your bouquets and wedding flowers.

Coral Shortt, from Epanouir Flower Studio, has helped us with this useful list of cut flowers available in the autumn period (March to May) in South Africa. that can generally be found at the flower market or via flower wholesalers, floral designers and florists. But the list may vary slightly from region to region across South Africa, also be depending on what your local wholesaler can source.

Note: The list is not exhaustive, and there are also other flowers that grow at Autumn time but that might generally not be sold as cut flowers due to their fragility or inability to be stored and/or transported to flower markets. Flowers that are available on import have been left out.[/two_column]


Autumn Flowers in South Africa


List of Autumn Flowers in South Africa:


  • Alstromeria or Inca lily
  • Amaranthus
  • Amaryllis lilies
  • Anthuriums
  • Asclepia or milk weed
  • Asiatic lilies – also called Umbelatum lilies or some people call them day lilies or tiger lilies, which they closely resemble, but are not
  • Astrantia
  • Banksia (natural and dyed)
  • Bupleurem or Cat’s eyes
  • Bull rushes
  • Brunia (dark green variety, silver towards end of Autumn)
  • Carnations – large and mini
  • Carthamus
  • Celosia or cocks comb
  • Chinese or summer asters
  • Chinks or Chincherinchees
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Cosmos
  • Craspedia or knobkierries
  • Cymbidium orchids (towards end of Autumn)
  • Dahlias (late summer)
  • Delphiniums
  • Dianthus or Sweet William
  • Equisetum or snake grass
  • Fountain grass
  • Gerberas
  • Gladiolus
  • Gomphrena
  • Golden rod or Solidago
  • Gypsophila or Babies breath
  • Heliconia
  • Hydrangea (although some of the deeper colours may still only be on import)
  • Hypericum berries
  • Iris’s (later in autumn)
  • Irish Bells
  • Kale – later in autumn
  • Kalanchoe or Calandiva
  • Lace flower
  • Latifolia/Limonium
  • Leucodendron (fynbos, but it gets more scarce as the summer gets hotter)
  • Liatris
  • Lisianthus – gets more abundant as the summer matures
  • Lyzmachia
  • Monte casino or Michaelmas daisy
  • Montbretia seeds (also know as Crocosmia)
  • Nerines (late summer)
  • Oncidium orchids
  • Oriental lilies – casablancas and stargazers (some people mistakenly call these St Joseph lilies)
  • Palm berries
  • Phalaenopsis orchids
  • Proteas (some varieties, but king proteas are more scarce in summer/autumn)
  • Red hot pokers or Kniphofia
  • Roses & cluster roses
  • Rose hips
  • Rudbekia
  • Scabiosa
  • Sea holly or eryngium
  • Sedum
  • Snapdragons
  • Snowberries
  • Snow on the mountain (euphorbia)
  • Statice
  • St Joseph lilies
  • Stocks (later in autumn)
  • Strelitzias or bird of paradise
  • Sunflowers
  • Tuberoses
  • Tulips (later in autumn)
  • Veronica
  • Wax flower (later in autumn)
  • Zinnias



Coral Short


With 10 years of experience in the floral industry and over 250 weddings and events under her belt, Coral brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the wedding & flower industry. Coral previously owned and designed for Blooms on the Boulevard, Gauteng, Green Goddess flower studio, and currently Epanouir Flower Studio in Cape Town.