Flower Guide – Hybrid Flowers, Flower Hybridization List – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide

Flower Guide – Hybrid Flowers, Flower Hybridization List – Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide

This ACNH guide explains how to grow flowers, how to hybridize them to make hybrid flowers for unique colors, and much more. This page also lists every type of flower in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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This section will explain the basics of how flowers work in Animal Crossing and how to obtain them and create more through basic breeding.

How to get flowers, plant seeds and grow more

In New Horizons there are 8 different types of flowers that can appear naturally or be planted on your island:

Types of flowers
Universe Lilies Lilies Mothers
Pansies Roses Tulips Wind flowers

When you first start out on your island, there will only be a few ways to get flowers. Each island has its own native flower that grows naturally on the cliffs and high elevations of your island – which you can’t access until you obtain the ladder recipe from Tom Nook while helping furnish homes for incoming villagers.

You can plant these flowers in other parts of the island using a shovel (picking them without a shovel will take a while to use the bulb for accessories or crafts – but leave the actual flower behind).

Furthermore, you can also purchase flower seeds in the basic colors (red, white, and yellow/orange) from Timmy and Tommy – but the types will vary between three species per island, and the choice will depend on how far you travel. We came to build and upgrade their store – Nook’s Cranny:

  • Timmy V Resident services tent: 3 different seeds, 3 types of flowers – one color type for each
  • Nok Cranny Store: 6 different seeds, 3 kinds of flowers – 2 kinds of colors for each
  • Nook’s Cranny Shop (improved).: 9 different seeds, 3 kinds of flowers – 3 kinds of colors for each

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The seeds can be planted almost anywhere on your island without the need for a shovel, and will grow on their own with or without water within a few days.

You can also find flowers growing on mysterious islands that you can visit using Nook Miles tickets, though they usually only grow the types of flowers that are sold on your island. However, sometimes you may randomly find a special mysterious island that features rare colors or flowers that are hard to find anywhere else.

The best way to get other types of flowers is by making friends, and checking with them to see what types of seeds are sold in their cities. It’s the most reliable way to get the species you’re missing, so check back often!

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Once the flowers grow, you can continue to grow further by watering them every day with a watering can (or letting Rain or another helpful villager do the job for you). Check back every day and you may see another flower sprouting on either side of the initial flower. The new flower will always be the same color as the initial seed of the watered flower – but there is a way to combine different colors of one type of flower to create new colors.

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While the seeds of each flower type are sold in three different types, it is possible to grow different colors of the same flower type and water them to create hybrid colors – thus growing flowers that cannot be obtained otherwise. Before we get into the details – check out the quick list of flower types below:

Types of flowers Hybrid colours
Pink color orange blue purple black green gold
Universe X X X
Lilies X X X X
Lilies X X X
Mothers X X X
Pansies X X X
Roses X X X X X X
Tulips X X X X
Wind flowers X X X X

When a flower (also known as a mother) is watered, it can produce a new flower in any square around it in a 3×3 grid. However, if another flower (also known as a partner) is placed nearby, they can cross-pollinate to form a new flower around the mother or partner flower.

In previous Animal Crossing games, the partner flower needed to be placed in a 3×3 grid around the parent flower, but with testing it now appears that the partner flower can cross-pollinate with the parent flower in a 5×5 grid, which is a much larger area. For this reason, you may find that planting many flowers close together may not always give the results you want – so you may want to only use specific colors in a 5 x 5 grid if you are looking for a specific flower color.

Since the new flower can only spawn from the sides of the mother or partner, you’ll want to give it plenty of space – and you can do this by planting the flowers either right next to each other in lines, or in diagonal spaces in a grid. Note that there are other ways in which you can plant flowers if you are looking to improve your floriculture further, but for basic purposes a diagonal layout works well – just always make sure you have spaces around your flower clusters where possible.

We prefer to use a diagonal grid, because it gives each flower 4 points for a new flower to emerge. We also recommend using fencing to define your flower grids so you don’t get confused when placing them – just know that flowers can’t spawn where other elements such as fencing or trees have been placed, so this will limit the places where flowers can spawn but at least it will look The city is beautiful!

Once you have your grid pattern laid out (you can do this any way you want – from just a 2×2 grid, to 3×3, or 5×5 and beyond), make sure to water the plants every day. There’s no specific guarantee on when they might appear – it could take a day, or it could take a week! It also seems that each type of color has a certain chance of showing up, so it’s possible that you won’t get the flower color you’re hoping for. If so, simply dig out the new flower and keep watering it for more opportunities.

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According to new data tested by Animal Crossing users Aeter, BackwardsN, Ninji, and Paleh – it has been discovered that watering your flowers only gives you a base 5% chance of producing new flowers on a given day. However, if other players visit your city and water these flowers, this will increase the production rate by a total of up to 80%, and you will notice this by your watered flowers turning from small blue and silver sparkles to larger yellow and gold ones. Blinks.

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See the chart below for more information on how additional visitors can increase your flower production – which can be crucial in breeding more hybrid flowers at a faster rate:

Flowers you water Basic production rate
Self (or by precipitation) 5%
+1 visitor 25%
+2 visitors 35%
+3 visitors 50%
+4 visitors 65%
+5 or more visitors 80%

Below you’ll find all eight flower types and color combinations that can lead to new flower colors. Remember that some appear rarer than others, and it may take several tries before you get certain colors. It also appears that colors can be influenced by the history of the parent flower – if it was grown from seed, transplanted from a mysterious island, or grown from other hybrids. Sometimes, even if a flower is a basic color, its hybrid parents may have passed along genes to give it a chance to pollinate something else.

We note that if you cross two hybrids of the same color, you can get a new flower that is a hybrid of the same color or a mother flower from the hybrid. For example, if you hybridize two orange tulips, you can get a yellow tulip (the parent), a red tulip (the parent), or an orange tulip (the hybrid).

Universe

The universe is a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Pink universe red white
Orange Cosmos red yellow
Black universe red red
orange orange

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Lilies

Lilies are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Pink lilies red white
Orange lilies red yellow
Black lilies red red

Pansies

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Pansies are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Orange pansies red yellow
Blue lilies white white
Red pansies* blue red
Orange pansies* blue orange
Purple pansies* red red
orange orange
blue blue

*Only “special” pansies hybrids of blue, red or orange pansies will produce purple pansies.

Roses

Roses are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Pink roses red white
Orange roses red yellow
Purple roses white white
black roses* red red
blue roses* red red
orange orange
purple purple
golden roses* black black

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Only “special” hybrids of purple roses and orange roses will make blue roses.

Tulips

Tulip is a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Pink tulip red white
Orange tulip red yellow
Black Tulip red red
Purple tulip orange orange
black black

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Lilies

Lilies are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Orange whistle red yellow
Pink hyacinth red white
Blue hyacinth white white
red red
Purple hyacinth blue blue
orange orange

Wind flowers (new type)

Windflowers are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and orange.

hybrid Fathers
Pink wind flowers red orange
Blue wind flowers white white
Purple wind flowers blue blue
blue Pink color

Mothers

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Mums are a common flower. They are posted randomly and are also sold in three original colors; White, red and yellow.

hybrid Fathers
Pink moms red white
Purple moms white white
Green moms purple purple

How to get lily of the valley

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The lily of the valley is a unique and special flower (called Jacob’s Ladder in previous Animal Crossing games) – it cannot be purchased as seed, nor can it be bred using hybrid flowers. Instead, this flower only appears and blooms when you get a perfect 5-star island rating for your city. Every day you rate your island 5 stars, you’ll have more chances for lily of the valley to appear along the cliffs on your island.

How to get golden roses

Golden roses are another type of unique flower that cannot be obtained naturally, as natural pollination with roses will not produce this type of flower.

Instead, you’ll need to get a perfect 5-star island rating for your city, and then Isabelle herself will give you the recipe for a cool DIY golden watering can, which requires gold nuggets.

Using a golden watering can, you should first raise some black roses using the cross-pollination guide above. Watering these black roses with your gold watering can will give your roses a chance to produce special golden roses, which can even be used in special recipes that you can make yourself when you pick them!

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