12 Plants That Start With Q

Filling out your alphabet garden can be tricky at times, especially when it comes to less common letters. If you are stuck looking for a plant to grow that begins with the letter ‘Q’ then have no fear – we have pulled together a list of 12 plants that start with ‘Q’. 

Take a look below to see if there is a plant here that will fit right into your alphabet garden. 

Queen Of The Meadow

Queen of the Meadow is a beautiful shrub that can grow up to four feet tall, although there is a shorter version more often known as meadowsweet that grows to a far shorter fifteen inches. Both plants, however, grow beautiful white buds that resemble pearls that eventually bloom during late summer into white lacy flowers. 

This shrub prefers the shady areas of a garden, and also boasts a lot of features that can be beneficial to your garden. Not only do they bring a touch of elegance to your garden, but Queen of the Meadow gives off a sweet fragrance and is pest and wildlife resistant.

This means that including this shrub into your garden will help deter unwanted guests, but it is also non toxic to your pets. 

This makes Queen of the Meadow a great choice to include in your alphabet garden. 

Quail Bush 

For a bush that is far more rough and rustic, you should consider planting a quail bush. 

Quail bushes are large and evergreen shrubs that can be found in California and Mexico. They grow great in dry and alkaline soils, making them ideal for those who live in dry areas or near coastlines.

They are highly adaptable, and can easily be planted in your alphabet garden because they are not fussy about the type of soil they live in and only require very little watering. 

Not only that, but the quail bush is a host plant for butterflies like the Pygmy Blue and Saltbush Sootywing, so you can attract and support local wildlife by planting this shrub in your backyard. If you are lucky, you even attract its namesake – quail birds!  

Queen’s Cup

Not everyone has a large amount of planting space, so if you only have a small and limited space where you can plant your letter ‘Q’ plant, then you should consider introducing a Queen’s Cup to your garden.

This very small flower is a part of the lily family, and only grows 8 inches tall at the most. It produced a single white flower that is shaped like a star. It is cute and beautiful, and fits perfectly into any sized flower bed. 

Queen’s Cup flowers prefer moist soils so it will require frequent care and attention, but the bloom is worth it. 


A tiny small Agave plant, the lovingly nicknamed Quadricolor is a highly ornamental succulent that will look amazing in more exotic gardens.

It is formed of toothed, striped leaves that can grow 12 inches long – ranging from the dark green center to the golden yellow edges. The teeth redden in bright sunlight, hence why this evergreen succulent is known as Quadricolor.

Those looking for a great addition to their rock or succulent gardens have found the perfect border plant with the Quadricolor, as it is also deer resistant and virtually disease free – although slugs and snails may try to make themselves at home on your Quadricolor. 

Quehla Chin Cactus 

Another plant that is ideal for exotic gardens, the Quehla chin cactus is a plant that grows amazingly well in sunny, sandy gardens. It is tiny as it only grows as tall as 4 inches, making it a great indoor plant as well. 

What makes this cactus so appealing is that it also blooms a single flower – a white daisy-like flower that blooms in summer. It sits on top of this short round cactus like a cherry on top of a sundae, allowing it to bring a touch of color and beauty to anyone’s exotic garden. 

Queen’s Wreath

This tropical vine makes for a stunning addition to a lot of gardens as it closely resembles wisteria. 

Queen’s wreath features beautiful drooping lavender colored flowers that bloom multiple times in a year. They are dense and packed together, resembling grapes on a vine. The flowers do eventually fall off, but the base remains a vibrant purple that will keep this plant bright and colorful even long after the flowers are gone. 

Queen’s wreath is an amazing way to bring color to your garden through a unique plant that grows like a small, leaning tree. It can grow up to 40 feet tall if left unattended, but occasional pruning will keep it limited to the size you desire. This allows you to have full control over this plant and customize it to your heart’s desires. 


For a bright and vibrant splash of color, you will want to plant a Quesnelia plant. 

Quesnelia is a genus of about 20 different species of flowering plants, each that grows as an upright rosette of green leaves that surround colorful cone shaped flowers. Quesnelia flowers are both drought tolerant and cold tolerant, making them one of the most enduring and resilient flowers that you can grow. 

As for their flowers, their color depends on the species but you can find some that bloom a bright hot pink, golden yellow, or an eye-catching red. They like sunlight and prefer moist soil which will allow them to grow to their full height of 2 feet. 

Stunning and colorful, a Quesnelia flower is sure to turn heads.

Quaker Ladies

Also known as bluets, these charming little flowers have been lovingly dubbed Quaker Ladies as they are said to resemble the hats once worn by women from the Quaker faith. These little flowers grow often in woodlands in mounds of blue, although sometimes you can find some Quaker Ladies that are white or pink. 

Quaker ladies are perennial flowers that bloom in the spring, so planting some in your garden means that they are sure to come back every year. You can use them to encircle stepping stones or to line pathways as they are very easy to replant and move to your own design. 

So plant some of these lovely ladies in your backyard and be creative with their placement. 


Flowering quince is a multi-stemmed shrub that can be rather messy, but bloom beautiful warm colored flowers that contrast wonderfully against the shiny dark green foliage. 

Quince is related to roses and shares its thorniness and deciduous status. However, quince grows as a dense mound of twigs with flowers that bloom around 2 inches in diameter. After they flower, they are followed by green fruits that can be used to make preserves and jellies just in time for summer.  

Its density makes it a great barrier plant and although it is easy to grow, you will have to prune your quince shrub to create a more uniform shape. It is unruly and thorny, but sometimes – everyone likes a rebel. 

Quaking Aspen 

There are also trees that begin with the letter ‘Q’ – take for instance, the quaking aspen. This tree is also known by several other names, such as the golden aspen or trembling aspen, as its leaves give off the illusion of shaking due to their flexibility. 

Quaking aspens are native to the northern areas of the Americas and can grow incredibly tall – up to 25 meters tall in fact! They grow straight up with smooth pale bark, and grow leaves that change from green to gold and red in the fall season. 

It is a beautiful tree, and if you have enough space for some, they are a sight to behold as the weather turns colder. 

Queen Palm 

This tree has become a tree synonymous with fame and sunshine, fun and relaxation. Queen palms are iconic and are a great way to bring an exotic and tropical feel to your property. 

They grow best in gardens in warm regions, and can reach heights of 50 feet! They grow long palm leaves that can create canopies that can spread to 25 feet wide. They are huge and not for those with a limited amount of space, but they are a real treat for those who have the perfect conditions to grow one or two of these in their own backyard. 


And finally, we have quackgrass. Quackgrass is considered by many to be a weed, as it often shoots up on uniform lawns after their seeds are transferred by birds or wind.

However, if you want to create a garden that is a more diverse biome to enrich the wildlife and your backyard’s appearance, then quackgrass is a great way to include more kinds of grass in one space. 

They grow long tapered blades that are thicker than an average blade of grass that is attached to long hollow stems. Although they are despised by those who want a boring flat lawn, quackgrass is a wonderful way to bring some diversity to your grassy space. 


And those were twelve plants that all begin with ‘Q’. We have included a range of plants from succulents to grass to trees to flowers. We have included tall palm trees to tiny little cacti, so you are sure to find something that will fit nicely into you own alphabet garden.

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