Hybrid Flowers Guide

You can grow flowers in your Animal Crossing: New Leaf village. There will be flowers in your town automatically, and new flowers may appear at random. In addition, your villagers might plant new flowers, and you can buy flowers in the garden shop. If you build a police station, you might find flower seeds in the lost and found.


By placing certain types of flowers and certain colors next to each other, you might have a chance of growing a hybrid flower, which is a flower of a rare color.

How to Grow Hybrids

To make a hybrid flower grow, you have to put two flowers of the same variety (such as two roses, or two cosmos, etc.) next to each other, and water both of them. To guarantee a new flower from the pair, bury a bag of fertilizer next to one of the flowers. A new flower can only appear if there are empty spaces next to the pair of flowers. The new flower might be a unique color that can't be purchased in the garden shop and can't randomly appear by itself in your town.

There can be up to five new flowers in your town each day. New flowers will only appear next to flowers you watered the previous day. However, putting incompatible flowers next to each other (e.g. a cosmos next to a lily, etc.) and watering one of them, or watering a flower that is not next to any other flowers, will reduce the number of new flowers that appear the next day.

Therefore, if you want to have the best chance of getting hybrid flowers, you should use the Beautiful Town Ordinance and only water the flowers that you want to breed together to make new flowers and do not water any other flowers.

On days when it rains or snows in your town, all flowers get watered, so the new flowers the next day will be random.

To have better control over which flower pairs create new flowers, plant only two flowers next to each other; don't plant three or more flowers adjacent to each other.

In addition, to guarantee one additional flower per day (for a total of six flowers a day instead of the usual five), you can bury fertilizer next to one of the flowers in a pair, and a new flower will appear beside that pair the next day. You can only get one additional flower this way; burying fertilizer next to more than one flower pair will have no effect.

Also, when a new "child" flower appears in your town, it inherits some of the color information from its parents. The new flower's color information can influence the colors of its descendants, which can result in undesired colors when trying to grow a specific hybrid. Because of that, it is recommended to purchase new bags of flower seeds and use them to create hybrid flowers instead of using flowers that appeared in your town after watering.

Be aware that stepping on your flowers or hitting them with a net can change their color properties as well. Try planting your flowers on the beach to reduce the risk of anyone accidentally stepping on or hitting your flowers.

If you want to create more of the same type of hybrid:

  • Two Purple flowers are likely to make more Purple flowers
  • Two Black flowers are likely to make more Black Flowers
  • Two Pink flowers are less reliable at making more Pink Flowers
  • Two Orange flowers are less reliable at making more Orange Flowers
  • Two Blue Roses are likely to make more Blue Roses
  • Two Blue Pansies are likely to make more Blue Pansies
  • Two Blue Violets are less reliable at making more Blue Violets
  • To make more Pink Roses, use Pink Roses that came from two Red Roses that were planted from new bags of seeds
  • To make more Pink Lilies, use Pink Lilies that came from two Red Lilies that were planted from new bags of seeds

List of Combinations

The following table lists the best known methods to create each unique type of flower.


Desired ColorCombinations
Pink Carnation
* You will receive a pink carnation in a letter on Mother's Day.
Use the Pink Carnation received on Mother's Day and the Red Carnation received on Father's Day (for the best chance of getting a new Pink Carnation, don't use carnations that are descendants of the originals)
White Carnation Pink Carnation and Pink Carnation


Desired ColorCombinations
Pink Cosmos Red Cosmos and White Cosmos
Orange Cosmos Red Cosmos and Yellow Cosmos
Black Cosmos Orange and Orange Cosmos


Desired ColorCombinations
Orange Pansies Red Pansies and Yellow Pansies
Purple Pansies Create an Orange Pansy and a Blue Pansy. Use them to create two Orange Pansies. Use those two Orange Pansies to create Purple Pansies.
Blue Pansies White Pansies and White Pansies


Desired ColorCombinations
Pink Lilies Red Lilies and White Lilies, or Red Lilies and Red Lilies
Orange Lilies Red Lilies and Yellow Lilies
Black Lilies Red Lilies and Red Lilies


Desired ColorCombinations
Pink Roses Red Roses and Red Roses, or Red Roses and White Roses
Purple Roses White Roses and White Roses
Orange Roses Red Roses and Yellow Roses
Blue Roses Use an Orange Rose and a Purple Rose to make two Red Roses. Use those Red Roses to make a Blue Rose (very rare)
Black Roses Red Roses and Red Roses
Golden Roses Wait for black roses to wilt, then water them with the golden watering can. They will be golden the next day. Golden roses never wilt, but they can be destroyed by trampling if you run through them. Your flowers won't wilt if you are using the Beautiful Town Ordinance, so be sure to switch to a different ordinance if you want to create Golden Roses from wilted Black Roses.


Desired ColorCombinations
Pink Tulips Red Tulips and White Tulips
Orange Tulips Red Tulips and Yellow Tulips
Black Tulips Red Tulips and Red Tulips
Purple Tulips Orange Tulips and Orange Tulips


Desired ColorCombinations
Blue Violets Purple Violets and White Violets

Flower Varieties

There are ten types of flowers that can grow in your town:

  • Tulip
  • Pansy
  • Cosmos
  • Rose
  • Lily
  • Violet
  • Carnation (available from letters received on Mother's Day and Father's Day)
  • Jacob's Ladder (will randomly appear if you have a Perfect Town)
  • Dandelion (will randomly appear once a week, except in January and February)
  • Dandelion puff (Dandelions turn into Dandelion puffs after a few days)