Artwork of flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Type of plant||Undergrowth vegetation|
|Appearances||Doubutsu no Mori,|
Doubutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer,
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp,
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Flowers in the Animal Crossing series are small clusters of brightly colored flowers that live throughout all four seasons. They can be bought from Tom Nook's stores, the Timmy and Tommy's stores, or Leif's Garden Shop, are grown by villagers, and grow randomly around the town. They can be watered with a Watering Can to breed them, which can produce hybrid flowers, and, prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they will wilt if not watered. In Doubutsu no Mori e+ and earlier, flowers cannot breed or wilt. Additionally, flowers cannot be picked up in Doubutsu no Mori or Animal Crossing unlike in later games, so they cannot be sold or worn. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, flowers can be picked, but it will result in the flower being destroyed and the player will be holding the flower in their hands after being picked. in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, flowers now take a few days to grow, and can now be plucked from the flower plants to be used as crafting materials, with new flower heads growing in a few days.
- 1 Flower basics
- 2 List of flowers
- 3 Hybridization
- 4 Gallery
There are four common types of flowers: roses, cosmos, tulips, and pansies. Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduced two new flowers, lilies and violets, both which can be either bought from Leif's Gardening Store or found on various islands during tours. Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduced a further three flowers, windflowers, mums, and hyacinths, while removing violets. Various combinations of flowers can be bred to form new colors, such as the yellow and red pansies, which create an orange pansy.
Each day, if it has not rained or snowed the day before, there is a chance for each non-watered flower to wilt at 6 a.m., turning a brown color. They can be revived by being watered with a watering can on the same day that they wilt, and will return to normal the following day. Watering flowers that have not wilted yet prevents the flower from wilting the next day. This wilting process applies to all flowers except the golden rose, dandelion and dandelion puffs. Flowers that have been watered show shiny petals and sparkle in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
In New Leaf, flowers grow in groups of four, unlike in previous games where they grow in groups of three. The ability to wear flowers in the hair of a player, which was introduced in Wild World, also reappears, again taking the place of a hat. Hybridization remains a feature for flowers.
In later games, flowers, unless they are wilted, can be picked up as with any item. They can also be displayed in the player's house or, since Animal Crossing: Wild World, be worn on the player's hair. A flower worn this way will take the place of a hat. The rose, however, it is held between the teeth and will take the place of an accessory or helmet.
Flowers can be destroyed in some ways. If the player runs through one of the bunches, there is a 30% chance that the flowers will be destroyed. If the player attempts to pick up a wilted flower, the player plucks it instead, removing it. The player can also use a shovel to dig where the flower is, destroying it.
In New Horizons, flowers have been completely overhauled. Planting a flower seed will result in the appearance of small leaves referred to as sprouts on the ground indicating the first stage of growth. The next day, the flowers will appear as stems and the following day they will appear as buds, before finally blooming on the third day after planting. The player can pluck the blossoms, which can then be used as a crafting material, worn on the player as an accessory, or placed as a single stem flower in a vase. Plucking the blossoms will revert the flowers to the stems growth stage. Running over the flowers also has a chance of destroying the blossoms, reducing them to the buds stage. At any growth stage, the player can dig up the flowers with the shovel and replant them. Flowers no longer wilt, but they still must be watered in order to hybridize. Hybrids and other new flowers will appear each morning in the buds growth stage. The flower plants cannot be sent through the mail, but the blossoms can.
List of flowers
|Rose||Roses can be planted with rose bags, which can be bought from the Nook family stores or Leif's store. They appear in Animal Crossing: Wild World onward. Red, white, and yellow are default roses, while others can only be obtained by hybridization.|
|Cosmos||Cosmos can be planted with cosmos bags, which can be bought from the Nook family stores or Leif's store. They appear in every game. Red, white, and yellow are default cosmos in Animal Crossing: Wild World onward, while others can only be obtained by hybridization. In Doubutsu no Mori e+ and prior, cosmos were only blue, pink, or yellow. Blue cosmos are the only flowers to not appear in any games since Doubutsu no Mori e+, as they were only present in the first four games.||*|
|Tulip||Tulips can be planted with tulip bags, which can be bought from the Nook family stores or Leif's store. They appear in every game. Red, white, and yellow are default tulips in Animal Crossing: Wild World onward, while others can only be obtained by hybridization. These three were also the only color available in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and prior.|
|Pansy||Pansies can be planted with pansy bags, which can be bought from the Nook family stores or Leif's store. They appear in every game. Red, white, and yellow are default pansies in Animal Crossing: Wild World onward, while others can only be obtained by hybridization. Purple, white, and yellow were the only ones available in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and prior.|
|Lily||Lilies can be planted with lily bags, which can be bought from Leif's store or Nook's Cranny. They appear in Animal Crossing: New Leaf onward. Red, white, and yellow are default lilies, while others can only be obtained by hybridization.|
|Violet||Violets can be planted with violet bags, which can be bought from Leif's store. They only appear in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Purple, white, and yellow are default violets, while blue ones can only be obtained by hybridization.|
|Hyacinth||Hyacinths can be planted with hyacinth bags, which can be bought from Nook's Cranny. They first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Red, white, and yellow are default hyacinths, while others can only be obtained by hybridization.|
|Mum||Mums can be planted with mum bags, which can be bought from Nook's Cranny. They first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Red, white, and yellow are default mums, while others can only be obtained by hybridization. They are notably the only flower species with a green hybrid.|
|Windflower||Windflowers can be planted with windflower bags, which can be bought from Nook's Cranny. They first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Red, white, and orange are default windflowers, while others can only be obtained by hybridization. This makes the windflowers the only flowers for which orange is a default color rather than a hybrid.|
|Lily of the Valley||While this flower cannot be bought in a bag, these flowers appear next to the cliffs only when the town has a perfect Environment Rating. These flowers appear in Doubutsu no Mori e+ onward. Until Happy Home Designer, these flowers were mistakenly called Jacob's Ladder, in spite of neither flower looking anything like the other. This was a translation error: they are correctly called すずらん (suzuran, the Japanese name for lilies of the valley) in the Japanese versions. The in-game files also call these flowers lilies, and the furniture award from Weeding Day resembling this flower is called the Lily Lamp.|
|Carnation||Carnations can be obtained in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. There are three colors—pink is obtained from the player's mother on Mother's Day (May 10th), the red is obtained from the player's father on Father's Day (June 21st), and white is created as a hybrid of the two.|
|Gold Rose||Gold roses are flowers that first appeared in Animal Crossing: Wild World. They can be made only by watering a wilted black rose with the golden can. The wilted black rose will turn into a gold rose the next day. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, black roses do not turn into gold roses, as they no longer wilt, but instead produce gold offspring. Just like dandelions, gold roses will never wilt, but gold roses also never disappear from the town, unlike dandelions, which turn into dandelion puffs.|
|Dandelion||Dandelions appear randomly around the town and are essentially classed as a weed in the real world, despite not affecting the town's environment since they count as a flower rather than a weed. They appear just like their real-life counterparts and look like a brighter version of a yellow cosmos, with thinner, fuller petals and heavier leaves. After a couple of days, a dandelion will turn into a dandelion puff (unless it is winter, in which they will stay as flowers until spring arrives). Dandelions cannot wilt.|
|Dandelion puff||The dandelion puff can be grown only when a normal dandelion is left for a certain space of time. The dandelion puff is the stage of a dandelion that has gone to seed, it is a collection of seeds with white parasols just like their real-life counterpart. This item, when held, can be blown by the player, hence the name "puff." When blown, the seeds float away and disappear into nothing. In City Folk, the parasols are much more realistic, complete with seeds. Dandelions turn into dandelion puffs after a couple of days, then the dandelion puff will disappear from the town after a couple of days has passed. Just like their flower stage, dandelion puffs cannot wilt.|
|Rafflesia||The rafflesia is a large red plant that grows in the player's town after a large number of weeds accumulate. Once this plant appears in town, it means that the town is at the lowest rank. In reality, the plant is notorious for its smell, which, in game, is reflected by the presence of flies. After the removal of the weeds, the rafflesia will wilt, then disappear. If the player wants to remove the weeds, they should talk to Wisp the ghost and bring back all five spirits. Ridding the town of weeds is one of three choices as a reward. In many ways, it is the polar opposite of the Lily of the Valley.|
|Clover||Clovers grow frequently and are generally treated as weeds, disappearing after being pulled. However, the four leafed-clover grows very infrequently and is placed in the player's inventory. It can be planted again like regular flowers. It has been known to affect luck, and can be worn in the hair or placed as furniture in the player's house, used as a bookmark.|
Hybrids can be obtained from Wild World onwards. In Animal Crossing, hybrids can be bought from Tom Nook's, but cannot be bred. However the Blue Cosmos cannot be obtained by any means, even through breeding in Wild World or later, due to the fact that it only exists in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and earlier.
How to Hybridize
If two different specimen of the same species are planted next to each other, on the next morning, there is a chance they will interact and create a new flower in one of the spaces next to either of the parents. For example, red tulips and white tulips can produce pink tulips. There are a few guidelines to follow to do this.
- The parent flowers should be adjacent, either right next to each other or diagonally.
- There needs to be at least one space open next to each parent. This means that the flowers should not be entirely surrounded.
- The flowers must be watered for hybrids to occur.
Even if the hybridization conditions are met, there is no guarantee it will occur. Only three to five new flowers appear in a town in a day, and most hybridization pairings can produce a non-hybrid child, so it may take a while for any particular hybridization to occur. There are a few things may increase the chance of hybridization.
- Perfect town status
- Luck from positive Feng Shui.
- Using a silver watering can
Once a hybrid is produced, it can reproduce quickly by crossing it with any other flower. Not all flowers can create hybrids, however.
Hybrids in Wild World and City Folk
Hybrids in New Leaf
Hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Leaf have a much different breeding pattern than the previous Animal Crossing games in the series.
Some colors of hybrid flowers require breeding with a certain hybrid color and then breeding them again with those specific colors from their specific parents. As such, a blue rose for instance can only be obtained by breeding a purple rose with an orange rose to get a special red rose, then breeding two special red roses to get a blue rose.
It is impossible to tell the difference between ordinary breeding flowers and specially breeding flowers, since they have the same name and appearance as ordinary breeding flowers.
Hybrids in New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, five flowers (Cosmos, Pansies, Lilies, Tulips, and Roses) return from the previous game, along with three new flowers: Hyacinths, Windflowers, and Chrysanthemums, the latter of which are shortened to "Mums" in-game.
Sprites and models
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Pre-release)