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There are an estimated 270,000 species of flowers in the world. That's not to mention trees, weather, seasons and other nature-inspired words to consider as baby names. Here are some nature baby names curated to inspire you for your beautiful natural baby!


Amaryllis is lily-like flower also known as Belladonna, or "naked lady," which refers to its appearance after its leaves fall away. The name derives from a Greek word meaning "to sparkle," as in rain, which is also appropriate for an April child.


Azaleas are pretty, typically pink or red flowering shrubs. It is a name that is common enough to most ears that it doesn't seem odd, yet it is still an interesting and uncommon choice. It should fit in just right with popular similar-sounding names such as Ava, Ashlyn, and Leah.


If you are expecting a boy, there are still flower/plant names that you can consider, such as this herbaceous treasure. The herb and the name are typically pronounced differently, (the name is pronounced like BAZZ'el Basil is not currently common and may seem dusty to many ears, but it has all the makings of a come-back. It's eclectic, has a retro-feel, especially thanks to Sherlock Holmes actor, Basil Rathbone, and has a nifty nickname- Baz.


You can't get more literal than that! Blossom is a fun name and for many of today's parents, it echoes with nostalgia, thanks to fun and peppy Blossom Russo with all her outrageous outfits and hip hats. Actress Mayim Bialik, who portrayed Blossom, has grown up and now has two sons, Miles and Frederick.


Bryony is a flowering plant from the cucumber-family. It has lots of potential to become trendy- it sounds similar to already popular names like Brianna and Ryan, ends in -y, and is a word-name, which is always worth a few points on the awesome-scale. Bryony, also sometimes spelled Briony, is pronounced BRY-ah-nee.


Cicely is a variant of the name Cecilia, but also is the name of an herb, also called Sweet Cicely, which would make a darling nickname, don't you think? The herb itself has a sweet flavor, similar to anise or licorice.


Swedish botonist Anders Dahl has a flower named after him- the Dahlia. They are exotic blooms, very popular in flower gardens. The similar name, Dalia, has earned a spot on the Social Security Administration's list but has been declining, while Dahlia makes significant jumps each year, resting at #66in 2009. There is the infamous 194murder of the "Black Dahlia," actress Elizabeth Short to consider as well.


Daisy- the quintessential flower-name! It got its start as a late-Victorian pet form of the name Margaret, in a round-about way, via the French word for daisy, Marguerite. Daisy has a presence in virtually any area of pop-culture there is- from the 1890s song "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true..." to former MTV-veejay Daisy Fuentes, to Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and the campy-cool Daisys in Dukes of Hazzard and Lil' Abner. Let's not forget the adorable Daisy Boo, daughter of chef Jamie Oliver. He has some other bloomy daughters- Poppy Honey and Petal Blossom.


Plucky farmgirl, Fern Arable, from Charlotte's Web, helps this plant name earn a spot on the list. It's no-frills and yet decidedly feminine. F- names are experiencing some popularity currently, such as Fiona and Felicity, so Fern should fit right in.


Irises are some of the most popular flowers for flowerbeds and come in a variety of colors, which is appropriate, given its meaning- "rainbow." Poet Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote, "In the spring a livelier iris changes on the burnished dove; In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love" in Locksley Hall.


Jasmine is a very popular name, especially when you consider all the variant spellings. Jasmine makes the Social Security Administrations' top 100name list at #5in 2009, while less-common variants Jasmin, Jazmin, Jazmine, and even Yasmin and Yasmine also make appearances. The popular Disney princess Jasmine almost certainly adds to the allure of this exotic flower name. A variant, Jessamine, has a wonderful Southern twang.


This blossoming beauty drips with Southern charm. Magnolia had over 6years of moderate use, peaking in 190and the last time it made the list was 1940. These were golden years of naming, where many of today's popular names made their debuts. Magnolia also has a handy nickname- Maggie- which may suit you too.

a href="">Marigold

Marigolds are so bright and zippy, it's hard not to stick a few in your garden. The name is also irresistable, a mesh of pleasing, merry and golden sounds. Get this one while it's hot folks! If you have a family member named Mary, and Mary is too traditional for you, consider Marigold as an alternative way to pay homage.

a href="">Rue

Actress Rue McClanahan of Golden Girls' fame recently passed away, bringing this name to the public eye, which may also bring it some use. There's also hot, up-and-coming actress Sarah Rue lending the name some facetime. Rue is also a genus of evergreen shrubs.

a href="">Rosemary

Rosemary is an evergreen and a popular culinary herb. It has also had moderate use as a first name, probably owing to singer Rosemary Clooney. Like Marigold, Rosemary could also be a creative way to honor someone named Mary.

a href="">Saffron

I'm just wild about Saffron! Do you remember that song? Donovan sang of saffron in his hit, "Mellow Yellow." Its stigmas, which are vivid yellow, are used for saffron spice. Saffron "Saffy" Monsoon is a main character of the British cult-comedy series, Absolutely Fabulous.

a href="">Tansy

Tansy derives from a Greek word meaning "immortality." It is unusual but sounds fun and pleasant. This yellow, puffily-blossomed herb is also known as Mugwort or Golden Buttons.

a href="">Valerian

Valerian is a flowering herb that is often used for a variety of problems, but most commonly as a sleep-aid. As a name, it would make a charming and unusual choice for a boy. Of course, in an ironic twist, your little Valerian could be a terrible sleeper.

a href="">Zinnia

Zinnias are very popular garden flowers, and since it begins with Z-, which is very "in" at the moment, it is surprising that it hasn't taken off yet. With Zoe and Zoey at #4and #75, respectively, in 2009, Zariah at #500, and the similar Zaniyah at #741, Zinnia can't be far behind.


If you can't decide on a single flower, how about a bouquet? A posy is a small bouquet of flowers, typically given as a gift. It's an archaic term, but you may recall it from the classic children's song- "Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies..."