10 Plants With Long Stems (See This…)

by Alex Kountry
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There are some plants we often see growing straight up on long stems. These kinds of plants are referred to as leggy plants.

Plant stems serve the major function of providing support to the plant. The stem holds the leaves, buds, and flowers.

In some plants, the stems also store food for the plant.

Long stems might come from low sunlight as the plant keeps growing taller in the bid to get more sunlight.

In todays’ post, we will explore a list of ten plants with long stems. 

1. Hybrid Tea Rose

Plants With Long Stems

In general, hybrid teas yield one blossom per stem, as opposed to a cluster of flowers which will produce a bushy outlook.

Almost all hybrid tea roses bloom repeatedly throughout the planting season and have some degree of smell. 

This rose is one of the world’s most beloved and popular roses.

The flowers of hybrid tea roses can have up to 60 petals and measure up to five inches wide.

The long, pointy buds that open by slowly unfolding are a distinguishing feature of hybrid teas. 

Plants grow swiftly and can reach a mature height of 3 to 8 feet tall in three to four years, depending on the type and growing circumstances.

With the exception of blue, hybrid teas have been developed in practically every color, with several exceptional bi-colors to choose from.

2. Canna Lily

The canna lily plant is a perennial herb with tropical-like vegetation and large iris-like flowers.

Canna lilies are low-maintenance and simple to maintain, and their foliage provides long-lasting color in the yard. 

The flower might be red, orange, or yellow in hue. The color of the leaf varies depending on the cultivar, from green to maroon, bronze, and variegated.

Canna lilies are normally cultivated as annuals in milder climates, but with the right conditions, they may brighten the garden season after season. 

They prefer a lot of heat, so position them in direct sunlight. They can also withstand partial shade.

Cannas need wet conditions as well but will grow in practically any well-draining soil that is neutral or slightly acidic.

They, too, enjoy bog-like environments. Organic materials should also be abundant in the soil.

Here is an article I wrote about plants with fruits and flowers

3. Ornamental Onion

Fast-growing Ornamental alliums are tall plants with circular flower heads that are made up of dozens of star-shaped blossoms.

Ornamental alliums won’t provide flavor to your food, but their brilliant spherical blossoms will brighten up your garden. 

These are highly hardy plants that can withstand both drought and cold. They aren’t troubled by deer or rodents, and there are enough of them to pick from for any garden. 

The blooms grow in clusters and are most commonly known in the round pom-pom shape, although they can also be star-shaped, cup-shaped, semi-circular, or pendulous.

Most allium bulbs mature swiftly and bloom in the spring or early summer after the first spring bulbs have gone.

There are, however, a few types that bloom later in the season, even into the fall.

4. Herbstonne Rudbeckia

If you want golden blooms in the middle or late summer, Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’ is a good choice.

This late-flowering Coneflower grows to be very tall and has huge daisy flowers.  

Its’ distinctive pale green conical core becomes brown as it ages.

The blossoms climb atop sturdy, straight stems above the lush foliage of lustrous mid-green leaves that remain gorgeous throughout the season, blooming profusely from July to fall. 

It forms upright clumps up to 4-7 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. It is simple to cultivate, trouble-free, and delicious.

It requires little maintenance and thrives in full sun or partial shade in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils. 

This beauty will not need staking for the majority of the season if kept well watered and grown in full sun.

5. Coreopsis Tickseed

Many gardeners appreciate Coreopsis, sometimes known as Tickseed, for its vivid blossoms and ability to tolerate a wide range of garden soils.

There are around 100 species and countless hybrids available, with both annuals and perennials. 

The majority of them require little care, are drought resistant, and have a long flowering season. Birds eat the seeds, while butterflies adore the nectar.

Coreopsis is a prolific bloomer, producing masses of stunning single, semi-double, or double daisy-like flowers.

This is generally in rich gold, yellow, orange, or red tones.

The foliage of Coreopsis varies from enormous, low-growing leaves to clumps of narrow, delicate leaves.

Coreopsis grows in erect clumps and can reach heights of 48 in. Many cultivars self-sow across the garden, although some are sterile.

6. Gladiolus

Gladiolus (Sword-Lilies) are beautiful summer-flowering bulbs known for their magnificent flower spikes.

They always offer a fantastic impact with their rich and lively colors and breathtaking vertical lines, whether used in borders, pots, or as cut flowers.

These attractive flowering plants, which are part of the iris family (Iridaceae) and are usually known as ‘glads’, come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Gladioli grow to be between 2 and 5 feet tall, with flowers ranging in size from small blooms less than 3 inches in diameter to mature blooms larger than 3 inches.

They will bloom and bring vivid tones of summer color to your garden, pots, or inside your home with very little effort.

Also check out this article I wrote about plants with fronds

7. Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Irises are the Iris world’s nobles.

Their stem lengths range from 28 to 40 inches. Tall bearded iris are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of hues and make excellent cut flower bouquets. 

Tall bearded iris flowers have 12 buds apiece.

Despite the fact that there are numerous cultivars, all produce flowers with six petals: three upright petals and three descending petals.

The blooms bloom in a rainbow of hues in the spring, with some varieties reblooming throughout the summer and fall.

The plant thrives in full sun, humus-rich, medium-moisture, well-drained soils. 

They tolerate mild shade, but full sun produces the best flowering and disease resistance.

8. Ranunculus

Ranunculus, also known as buttercups, are well-known for their vibrant pastel colors and long vase life.

These colorful bloomers are perfect for potting or planting in your own garden. 

They give color to spring bouquets and vase centerpieces when cut.

Ranunculus are cool-season blooms that range in color from delicate yellow to gentle pink to vivid orange and deep burgundy. 

Their rose-like petals are delicate and slender. Ranunculus, regardless of variation, complements other spring flowers such as daffodils, pansies, primrose, and snapdragons.

Ranunculus flowers produce a large harvest when grown in the proper conditions.

9. Spider Flower

The spider flower is a beautiful annual plant that may grow up to five feet tall and can give an eye-catching focal point at the back of a garden.

To stay upright, they don’t even need to be staked. 

The spidery-looking blossoms of this plant offer a tropical flair to mixed borders. Spider flower is a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds and other pollinators such as butterflies and moths.

Spider flower’s airy flowers, which are most usually found in white, pink, and purple, offer a unique addition to any garden.

Spider flower will begin blooming as soon as it gets established and will continue to bloom until it is killed by the first frost. 

Even the seed pods add to the display’s attractiveness; they’re held outward from the main flowering stem, enhancing the spiderlike aspect of the flower stalks.

10. Syngonium

When grown, Syngoniums or arrowhead vines typically branch out and extend in all directions.

They are prolific growers who enjoy being tamed and become fuller plants if they are trimmed back. 

Syngonium is a low-maintenance plant, just ensure you always water them. They are low-light tolerant houseplants that may grow almost anywhere in your house.

Their leaves come in a variety of colors and patterns, so pick the one that best suits your personality.

Synognium can be directed to grow in any position. Their tendrils will stick to surfaces, but you must tie older plants to their supports to let fresh growth adhere to the stake.

Smaller, younger plants will discover the supports on their own.


Some plants with long stems might look spindly and even fall to the ground. This might be due to inadequate sunlight or plant food.

However, naturally, long-stemmed plants like the ones in our list are graceful additions to any garden.

Growing and expanding naturally, these sets of plants have beautiful foliage balanced on the stems.

Most of these plants can grow in any condition and are disease tolerant. They will do well in containers, in outdoor gardens, as part of the landscape, or even as cut flowers.

You can get those seedlings and add them to your garden today/ 

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books