140 Things That Are Green in Nature

Welcome to our visual list of things that are GREEN in nature!

If you’ve ever been out for a walk in the great outdoors, you’ve probably seen plenty of green things in nature.

Green is one of the most common colors found in nature, usually in plants or grasses. However, if you look a little bit harder when you’re outside, you’ll find this bright, cheerful color all over the place.

Here are some examples of things that are naturally green:

1. Emeralds

Green emerald gemstone on black background

Ranging in color from a dark, almost blue green to a pale green tone, emeralds have been highly valued since ancient times, when they were mined in Egypt, India, and what is now Austria.

2. Jade

Green Jade uncut stone

Much paler in color than emeralds, jade is a semiprecious mineral that has a pale, yellowish-green hue and has long held a valuable place in East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian art.

3. Spider Plants

Green spider plant standing on a wooden table

Spider plants are common household plants originally native to Southern Africa that take their name from the long, spidery offshoots they produce. They’re also a great way to naturally filter the air indoors.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plant in the ground with raindrops on the leaves

If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn, you know how helpful aloe vera can be. These sage green plants naturally produce a soothing gel that helps ease the pain and irritation of minor burns.

5. Green Gerbera Daisies

Closeup green mint colored gerbera daisy flower with white center on a green background

Gerbera daisies are typically white, yellow, orange, or pink. However, you can find pale green varieties that have been carefully bred or genetically designed to have that cheerful green tint to their petals.

6. Green Cockscomb

Green cockscomb flower

A small succulent that never really grows above three feet tall, the green cockscomb is one of the most popular indoor plants and produces small, star-shaped clusters of bright green and waxy leaves.

7. Lady’s Slipper Orchids

green exotic ladyslipper orchid

Like most flowers, orchids can come in a wide range of colors, so it should come as no surprise that Lady’s Slipper orchids (named for their unique shape) grow in green and white.

8. Green Hydrangeas

closeup of green hydrangea flower

As with most of the flowers on this list, green isn’t the default color for hydrangeas. However, the pale yellowish-white blossoms often take a light green tint to them, especially around the bases.

9. Green Daylilies

closeup of green flutter daylily hemerocallis

Daylilies aren’t actually lilies. Instead, they heavily resemble the flowers they’re named after, but their blossoms (colored anywhere from yellow to green to bright, vibrant orange) typically only last around a day.

10. Grass

closeup of green grass with dew on it

The word grass actually refers to a whole family of plants found on your front lawn and the open prairie alike and is usually characterized by a bright green color and relatively sparse flowers.

11. Serrano Peppers

close up of green serrano chilies growing

Originally grown in the mountainous regions of Puebla and Hidalgo, Serrano peppers may turn red as they fully ripen, although there are some varieties that stay green even when they are fully ripened.

12. Celery

Top view of fresh celery lying on a wooden table

Celery is yet another vegetable that humans have been eating since ancient times. With its pale green color and fibrous stem, celery is actually a type of grass that’s grown as a vegetable.

13. Napa Cabbages

Raw Green Organic Napa Cabbage on  wooden copping board

Often referred to as “Chinese cabbages” outside of China, Napa cabbages are light green and white cabbages that are native to the greater Beijing area and are often used in soups and kimchi.

14. Marrow

marrow on a wooden background

Not to be confused with the soft bone tissue, marrow is a vegetable very similar in nature to a cucumber, zucchini, or other squash. It is very pale in color, often almost white.

15. Budgerigars

Green and yellow Budgerigar bird sitting on a wooden stick

In most parts, they’re called budgies, but in the United States, they’re parakeets. These small, yellow-green birds are among some of the most popular pet bird species raised and kept around the world.

16. Greater Green Leafbirds

Female greater green leafbird sitting on a branch with green leaves

Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, the Greater green leafbird is an endangered species of bird with a vivid green coat and a whistling cry that jumps between branches.

17. Green Zinnias

closeup of green zinnia flower in a garden

Treasured for their large blooms and dramatic, symmetrical shapes, zinnias can be found in many colors, including a bright “spring green” color with blossoms that grow up to over three inches in diameter.

18. Mountain Chameleons

closeup of a green mountain chameleon

The Mulanje mountain chameleon is a small green lizard native to Malawi. It’s easily identifiable due to the noticeably brown “horns” that branch off of the top of their heads to point up.

19. Green-Headed Tanagers

Single green-headed tanager, on a branch

It may look like a flashy bird, but the bright greens, blues, and yellows that make the green-headed tanager are actually very well-suited to hiding in the lush forests of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

20. Parsley

Top view of fresh parsley on a wooden background

Used as a garnish almost as often as for seasoning, parsley is a dark green plant with yellow flowers that’s often added to a wide range of delicious dishes.

21. Military Macaws

Military Macaw sitting in a tree

A large green bird with a stripe of red plumage across the bridge of its beak. The military macaw got its name because early observers thought its plumage resembled a military parade uniform.

22. Zucchinis

Dark green Zucchinis on a zucchini plant, ready to get harvested

Although there are golden yellow varieties, the most commonly seen zucchinis are either completely dark green or dark green with a few lighter green stripes running lengthwise down the summer vegetable’s sides.

23. Caterpillars

Bright Green caterpillar on a small dark green branch

There are actually lots of green caterpillars out there. From the Genista Broom moth caterpillar to the Black Swallow Butterfly caterpillar to the Emperor Moth caterpillar, many soon-to-be-butterflies-and-moths have a bright green tint.

24. Eastern Green Mambas

Eastern green mamba snake surrounded by green leaves in a tree

Shy, slim, and extremely venomous, the eastern green mamba can grow up to around six feet in length. The leaf-green snake’s fast-acting venom is highly dangerous to animals and humans alike.

25. Green Lacewings

Side view of a green lacewing on a branch, Family Chrysopidae

Pale green with transparent wings and slightly cloudy skin, green lacewings are insects that eat mostly pollen, nectar, and honeydew, although they do occasionally supplement their diet with aphids, mites, or other smaller insects.

26. Grasshoppers

Young green grasshopper eating leaves

Probably one of the oldest insects on the face of the planet, light green or pale brown grasshoppers were actually a symbol of Athens for several years and were used as a mascot.

27. Red-Crowned Amazon Parrots

Red-Crowned Amazon Parrot sitting in a tree

Native to northern Mexico, the red-crowned amazon parrot is often illegally exported to the rest of the world as a pet. It also is endangered due to the ongoing destruction of its habitat.

28. Green Vine Snakes

Closeup of a green vine snake

Long and delicate-looking, the green vine snake’s tail is usually used to anchor it in place while it reaches for its prey. It doesn’t usually like to interact with humans unless absolutely necessary.

29. Green Dahlia

Closeup of green dahlia flowers

The black dahlia may be the most famous version of these flowers, but green dahlias are highly valued for their symmetrical, almost geometric appearance and the soft green tint of their overlapping petals.

30. Stink Bugs

Southern green stink bug sitting on a orange flower petal

The same compounds that give this leaf-green beetle its characteristic stink were once used to reinforce acidic smells in industrial plants. Nowadays, however, stink beetles are just non-intrusive and occasionally stinking little bugs.

31. Iguanas

Closeup of colorful green Iguana

Iguanas are a group of lizards that are usually found in Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. They often range in color from brown to bright, brilliant green colored skin.

32. Glorious Beetles

Close up of group of metallic glorious scarab beetles on a bright yellow flower covered with dew

These are bright green scarab beetles with lighter green stripes. Glorious beetles are found throughout the American southwest and are actually some of the most prolific pollinators there, using flowers as hiding spots for food.

33. African Chameleons

Closeup of green african chameleon

The African chameleon can change the color of its skin in order to better blend in with its surroundings, but its “default” color is bright green with black and yellow stripes or spots.

34. Buriti Fruit

Unripe green buriti fruit hanging from a tree

Found throughout the lush swamps and wetlands of South America, the buriti fruit has a tough green exterior that ripens into a reddish-orange color as it fully matures until it is harvested.

35. Tomato Worms

Closeup of tomato worm on a tomato branch

One of the most persistent pests to be found in most gardens. Tomato worms are large, sluggish green caterpillars with horns and two large false eyes that like to munch on tomato plants.

36. Aphids

Closeup of Aphid feeding on plant

Often referred to as the “greenfly,” aphids are small, bright green insects that eat sap and honeydew. They reproduce at an extraordinarily fast rate and are usually considered pests by the average gardener.

37. Katydids

Closeup of Katydid Insect on a tree branch

Found throughout the world, katydids were originally believed to be a type of horned grasshopper, but they’re actually much more closely linked to crickets, which may explain the loud, distinctive sounds they make.

38. Emerald Green Tree Boas

Emerald green tree boa curled up on a big tree branch

It may be nonvenomous, but the emerald tree boa can still be pretty dangerous to lizards, frogs, and small mammals. This bright green snake has several white “lightning bolt” markings along its length.

39. Arugula

Fresh green arugula on a dark wooden chopping board

Often used to make salads, arugula is a darker green plant with a sharp, almost peppery taste. It’s native to the Mediterranean but is cultivated for use in cooking around the world.

40. Glass Frogs

Close up of an emerald glass frog or Nicaragua Giant Glass Frog sitting on a green leaf

The glass frog gets its name from its pale and translucent skin. While the frogs definitely have a green tint to their skin, the internal organs can actually be observed through the skin.

41. Green Tree Pythons

Green tree python on a branch

Often mistaken for the emerald tree boa, the green tree python is far less active than other snakes and will usually only move to either attack its prey or avoid any potential confrontations.

42. Green Gladiolus Flowers

Green gladiolus flowers fully bloomed in the garden

Gladiolus flowers grow with several blossoms on a single stalk to produce a tiered, almost columnar appearance. The green varieties of the gladiolus flower have a soft, almost white tint to their petals.

43. Green Grapes

Green grapes on hanging on the grape wine

Green grapes are often more sour than their red or purple counterparts and are usually more commonly known as “white” grapes. Their color comes from a mutation in the more traditional red grape.

44. Kiwis

Top view of several half bright green kiwis in a wooden bowle

The kiwi bird may be as brown and fuzzy as the outside of the kiwi fruit, but we are talking about the fruit here. The inside of the kiwi fruit reveals a bright green flesh with a white sunburst center.

45. Mung Beans

Fresh mung beans on a rustic wooden  table

Mung beans, long a staple of many East and Southeast Asian cuisines, range in color from deep brown to light sage green, although the green variety is far more common than brown.

46. Brussels Sprouts

Fresh bright green brussels sprouts in the field waiting to get harvested

Brussels sprouts are actually part of the cabbage family, which explains why they look like little miniature cabbages. They grow on stalks and are often enjoyed roasted or steamed with a little seasoning.

47. Artichokes

Fresh green artichokes on cutting board

Brussels sprouts are pretty obviously cabbages, but it may come as a surprise to learn that artichokes are a type of thistle. The part of the artichoke that we eat is the flower.

48. Edamame Beans

Top view of green edamame soy beans edamame on black background

Edamame beans aren’t actually beans. Instead, the word “edamame” refers to the specific way that young soybeans are cooked, usually boiled or steamed, and served with salt and any other desired dipping sauces.

49. Basil

Basil plant in an basket on a wooden table

Basil is actually native to multiple countries, ranging from central Africa to parts of Southeast Asia, which means that this leafy green herb is a popular mainstay in various cuisines around the world.

50. Dill

Fresh dill herb on rustic wooden table

Dill is another popular herb used for everything from salmon to pickles to borscht. This pale, yellowish-green herb is particularly popular in central and eastern European cuisines and several northern cuisines.

51. Green Tea

Dried green tea leafs and powder on wooden background

You may have guessed this from its name, but green tea has a soft, pale green color. It’s made from the same tea leaves as black tea but without the same aging process.

52. Jalapeño Peppers

Green jalapeño peppers in a wooden bowle on black background

A little milder and sweeter than the Serrano pepper, the jalapeño pepper still packs plenty of heat. It turns red as it dries, but the fresh-picked pepper has a bold, dark green color.

53. Bells of Ireland

Closeup of bells of Ireland moluccella laevis flowers

Named for the distinctive apple-green and bell-shaped sepals that surround a smaller white flower, Bells of Ireland plants are actually native to Turkey, Syria, and other regions between the Black and Caspian Seas.

54. Peas

Closeup of green peas in a pod with dew on them

They may technically be fruits, but green peas are most commonly eaten as a vegetable. The spring-green peas themselves grow inside a similarly colored pod until they’re finally ready to be harvested.

55. Seaweed

Underwater closeup of green seaweed

Seaweed is actually a blanket term for literally thousands of different types of underwater algae species. However, if you’re thinking of the seaweed that comes with sushi, the dark green color makes it a perfect fit for this list.

56. Mustard Greens

Closeup of fresh mustard green plants lined up in the soil

When you think of mustard, you probably think of the pungent yellow spread that goes on sandwiches, but the leaves that surround the iconic mustard seed are bright green and often served as a side dish.

57. Green Bell Peppers

Fresh green bell peppers on a wooden table in the garden just harvested

When Columbus first brought bell peppers back from the Americas, Europeans quickly referred to them as “peppers” only because it was the name given to any plant with a sharp or spicy taste. In reality, bell peppers are actually a type of fruit.

58. Apples

Granny Smith apples with dew on them lying on a wooden table with mint leaves as decor

The most popular green apple is the Granny Smith apple, beloved by bakers for its firm texture even after hours of cooking. They have a slightly more sour taste than red apples.

59. Fennel

Fresh young fennel in the soil

Fennel is part of the carrot family, but the aromatic flavor of this pale green plant makes it a valuable asset in soups, salads, or as an accompaniment to many other worldwide cuisines.

60. Cucumbers

Fresh green cucumbers growing in the field

We’ve already covered the dill that goes into making pickles, but the cucumber is equally important in this and many other dishes. Dark green in color, many cucumbers are selectively bred to be seedless.

61. Resplendent Quetzals

Resplendent Quetzal bright green and red bird sitting on a branch in the forrest

The resplendent quetzal, with its beautiful blue-green feathers and long, plumed tail, was an important figure in the mythology of several Mesoamerican cultures. In many civilizations, killing a quetzal was considered a serious crime.

62. Limes

Fresh whole green limes in a linen bag spilling out onto a dark wooden background

Tart and sour but slightly milder than lemons, limes grow year-round and can easily be found in the traditions and cuisines of various cultures around the world dating back millennia.

63. Green Beans

Closeup of vibrant green beans

If you’ve ever wondered what makes the difference between green beans and regular beans, the answer is pretty simple: time. Green beans, with their characteristic color and flavor, are the immature bean pods of several different species of “normal” beans.

64. Green Trick Dianthus

Closeup of green trick dianthus plant

Dianthus flowers, with their soft bristles and bright green tones, are very rarely the star of any bouquet, but they’re often used as accents to lend extra depth or feeling to a floral arrangement.

65. Spinach

Fresh spinach leaves in a wooden bowl

Spinach is a dark green plant that’s most often used for various salads or side dishes. If you steam the leaves, they taste noticeably different than they do in their raw form.

66. Crows

Closeup of crow feathers, to highlight the colors of the black feathers, special lights have been used to see the green, blue and purple colors

While crows look black at first glance, their feathers actually have a subtle green, purple, and blue tint beneath the black. This sets them apart from ravens, whose feathers have more of a blue undertone.

67. Kale

Fresh green curly kale leaves in a wooden bowl standing on a wooden table

If you’ve ever had a kale salad and thought that the deep green leaves tasted a little bitter, they probably needed a little extra massaging. Massaging kale leaves will help break down the tough fibers and provide a sweeter taste.

68. Olives

Marinated big green olives in dark wooden bowl with herbs and rosepink himalaya salt as decor

We may be more used to seeing the black, cured final result, but olives are usually bright green in color before they are fully ripe.

69. Avocados

Fresh green avocado on a dark rustic wooden table

The fruit that launched a thousand think pieces. Avocados are high in healthy fats and several B vitamins, vitamins K, C, E, and potassium.

70. Green Jays

Green jay sitting on a tree stump

They may have blue and black heads, but the rest of the green jay’s body is a soft yellowish-green color, which helps them blend in with their preferred thorn bush nests.

71. Green Carnation

Green carnation in a wedding bouquet

Carnations are some of the easiest flowers to tint with unusual colors. Green carnations are often used for wedding or memorial arrangements due to their soft pastel coloring and many softly crinkled petals.

72. Green Sweat Bees

Closeup of green bee on an white oregeno flower

Sweat bees, as the name may suggest, are often attracted to the salts found in human perspiration. Unlike honey bees, green sweat bees have bright green metallic shells in addition to the stripes.

73. Mantises

Closeup of a green praying mantis on a leaf

Praying mantises are renowned today for their unusual stance and female predatory behaviors. They were highly respected and believed to have supernatural powers by several ancient cultures, including Greece, Assyria, and Egypt.

74. Turacos

Turaco bird sitting in a tree

Sometimes referred to as “go away birds,” turacos are bright green birds from Southern Africa. They have a unique fourth toe that they can switch back and forth to point in different directions.

75. Kakapos

Closeup of large Kakapos parrot sitting on a tree branch

Large flightless birds native to New Zealand, kakapos are the only flightless parrots in the world. Green and yellow kakapos are also some of the longest-living birds, with a lifespan of 100+ years.

76. Cambucá Fruit

Green cambucá fruit growing on the tree

Native to the Brazilian forests around Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, the bright green rind of the cambucá fruit takes its name from the indigenous word for “jar,” as the sweet and sour fruit itself is shaped vaguely like a water container.

77. Chinese Water Dragons

Dark green Chinese water dragons sitting on a branch

Also known as the green water dragon, the Chinese water dragon is very obviously green. It can grow up to a maximum of around three feet in length, including its long, spiny tail.

78. Green Bee-Eaters

Little green bee-eater sitting og a small twig in a tree

Like many of the birds on this list, the green bee-eater gets its name from a fairly obvious source. The main component of its diet is insects, including bees, wasps, and some ants.

79. Boomslang Snakes

The boomslang snake is highly venomous, but it’s also extremely reclusive. When confronted by any creature too large to eat, the green and black snake will flee at the first sign of trouble.

80. Green Honeycreepers

Male green Honeycreeper sitting in a tree

With a distinctive bright green and black patterning, the honeycreeper is sometimes referred to as the chlorophane bird. Chlorophane comes from the Greek words for “green” and “showing” (khlōros and -phanēs, in order).

81. Gray Tree Frogs

Gray Tree Frog sitting on a leaf. The frogs color is primarily green with a touch of grey

Native to the eastern United States and parts of Canada, the gray tree frog will usually change its color throughout its life from gray to brown to green and eventually back to gray.

82. Green Chrysanthemum

Green chrysanthemums in different stages of bloom

In Victorian flower language, red chrysanthemums symbolized love, while yellow chrysanthemums symbolized rejected or slighted love. Green chrysanthemums are relatively modern and symbolize good fortune, rebirth, and renewal.

83. Brazilian Ruby Hummingbirds

Brazilian ruby hummingbird sitting on a tree branch looking directly into the camera

The Brazilian ruby hummingbird is native to Brazil, and it takes its name from the bright red patch of feathers found at its throat, while the rest of its coat is emerald green.

84. Carolina Parakeets

Illustration of a Carolina parakeet

Once native to the eastern, Midwest, and plains regions of the United States, the Carolina parakeet was actually a parrot. The last living specimen died in 1918, and the bird was declared extinct in 1939.

85. Ambush Bugs

Ambush bug sitting on a green leaf

Named for their habit of leaping out and catching prey by surprise, ambush bugs are mostly green, with black spots that allow them to blend into their environments and avoid any detection.

86. Peacocks

Male peacock with open feathers

One of the most easily identifiable specimens in the bird kingdom, peacocks have long been featured in the traditional art of India and Southeast Asia, thanks to their brilliant green and blue tails.

87. Knight Anoles

Knight anole also known as the Cuban knight anole sitting on a dark brown tree branch

The knight anole is the largest lizard in the anole family. It’s originally native to Cuba and is often called the Cuban anole, but it has recently been introduced to Florida and is thriving there.

88. Red-Eyed Tree Frogs

Red-eyed tree frog. Frog with red eyes and green and blue color skin clinging onto a twig

The red-eyed tree frog is probably the frog you’re thinking of when you picture frogs in the rainforest. Its bright red eyes contrast heavily with its equally bright green skin.

89. Soursop

Soursop fruit in a woven basket on a wooden crate with blue background

Despite its unlikely name, soursop smells like pineapple and tastes like a combination of strawberries and apples. The bright green, prickly evergreen fruit is native to the Caribbean and parts of Central America.

90. Tanager Birds

Glistening Green Tanager perched on an branch covered in epiphytes

Technically a family of birds, tanager birds range in color from bright yellow to dark green. They’re the second largest family of birds in the world and are found around the globe.

91. Lettuce

Big fresh green lettuce in the garden waiting to get harvested

Lettuce is far more than just a popular salad fixing. It’s loaded with lots of different vitamins and features heavily in the mythology of several ancient cultures, including the myths of ancient Egypt.

92. Common Green Magpies

Common green Magpie sitting in a tree

A member of the crow family, the common green magpie is a turquoise green bird that is found in the densely forested regions of India, Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra, and parts of northwestern Borneo.

93. Collard Greens

Top view of fresh raw collard greens lying on a chopping board

A longtime staple in Southern cuisine, collard greens are a loose-leafed vegetable grown all throughout South America, Africa, and parts of North America and Europe that have been popular foodstuffs for 2,000 years.

94. Green Cymbidium Orchids

Blooming Green Cymbidium Orchid Flowers

Another example of orchids that grow in multiple colors. Cymbidium orchids are typically found in shades of purple, pink, or white, but they also grow white petals that fade to a bright green.

95. Green Hellebores

Closeup of single green Hellebores in bloom

Technically part of the buttercup family, Hellebore flowers grow in a wide range of colors. The green variety, however, is often referred to as the “stinking hellebore” due to its odor when crushed.

96. Green Hypericum Berries

Green Hypericum berries on several plants next to each other

Dark green and often accompanied by bright yellow flowers, Hypericum berries are equally popular both for their use in bouquets and for their use as a natural food supplement that’s packed with nutrients.

97. Green Spider Mums

Single green spider mums flower in bloom on a black background

We’ve covered regular chrysanthemums, but Green Spider Mums are a thinner-petaled variety. They are often used for wedding arrangements due to their dramatic appearance and ability to work as an accent flower.

98. Pincushion Plants

Green pincushion flower or Scabiosa not yet in bloom

These plants are named for the spiny bracts that look like pins sticking out of a pincushion. The pincushion blossom is usually a deep purplish red but can be found in yellow or light green varieties.

99. Clover

Top view of young green clover leaves with dew drops

You’ve probably heard of lucky four-leaf clovers, but clover leaves can actually grow in clusters of five or even six on extremely rare occasions. Clover is typically grown for feed around the world.

100. Snake Plants

Big snake plant in a tropical garden

Another wonderful plant for filtering your indoor air, snake plants grow long, spiky leaves that are dark green in the middle and boast a bright yellow or light green border around the edges.

101. Rubber Figs

Closeup of rubber fig plant with blurred background

Rubber figs grow dark, waxy green leaves and are native to South and Southeast Asia, where their roots are often twisted into “living bridges” in places like India, Indonesia, and parts of China.

102. Green Eyes

Closeup of female light green colored eye

There’s actually no such thing as green eyes. There’s no green pigment for the irises, so what we consider the rarest eye color is actually a blend of brown, yellow, and scattered light.

103. Rose-Ringed Parakeet

Portrait of green rose-ringed parakeet in the wild

The rose-ringed parakeet is actually a parrot that is a medium-sized bird. It has plumage that is a bright green color. This bird is native to Africa and the Subcontinent of India, but rose-ringed parakeets have moved to other parts of the world in the wild and are now bred to be exotic pets.

104. Green Peafowl

Green peafowl in nature

The green peafowl is a large pheasant. It has green feathers and a multicolored tail. It is native to Southeast Asia and can be found in tropical forests. It is an endangered species because the population has been in decline since 2009, mainly due to the loss of its habitat.

105. Orchid Bee

Macro shot of green orchid bee

The orchid bee is found in the Amazon and the forests of Mexico. They have a dark green metallic color that makes them stand out. They also have tongues that are twice the size of their body. The orchid bee has less hair than other bees.

106. Asparagus

Rods of fresh green asparagus on wooden table

Asparagus is a green vegetable with a distinct flavor. It has spears that are slender and pointed at one end. The part of the plant that we eat is the young shoot. If they continue to grow, they become more like a fern that dies in the fall. Asparagus grows all around the world and thrives in a moderate climate where the ground freezes.

107. Broccoli

Fresh green broccoli on wooden background

Broccoli is a green plant that belongs to the cabbage family. It is edible and has a flowering head, small leaves, and a stalk. This cold-weather crop is found all year long in many different varieties. It is high in calcium and antioxidants.

108. Cambuci Fruit

Close-up of cambuci fruit on a tree

The Cambuci fruit belongs to the pitanga and guava family. It is native to the Southeastern part of Brazil, known as the Atlantic Forest. It has a more acidic flavor and can be eaten raw or as a juice or jelly. It is high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

109. Rosemary

A bunch of fresh rosemary lying on a table

Rosemary is a herb that is part of the evergreen family. This fragrant herb is found in the Mediterranean. It is used to flavor food but also as a perfume. Rosemary is an excellent source of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6. It can improve circulation and memory, reduce muscle pain, and boost immunity.

110. Sloth

Sloth with green fur hanging from a tree in the Costa Rican jungle

Technically, a sloth does not start green; their fur becomes green by the algae as they are swinging from it. There are grooves in the strands of hair that allow the algae to stick to it. This provides a fair amount of camouflage for the sloth when it is hanging out in the trees. A sloth becomes its own small ecosystem.

111. Emerald Green Tree Snail

Emerald green tree snail aka Papustyla Pulcherrima

The emerald green tree snail has a vibrant green shell that many jewelry makers and collectors search for, making this snail endangered. The collection factor causes the trade of their shells to be highly controlled and has been since 1975. This shell is a large export from Manus Island. The green tree snail was the first invertebrate to become an endangered species.

112. Emerald Cockroach Wasp

Jewel wasp or emerald cockroach wasp aka Ampulex Compressa on the ground

The emerald cockroach wasp is a beautiful metallic green and blue color. This wasp is a parasite of the common cockroach. The metallic look of the exoskeleton is created when light refracts through the layers of the exoskeleton. This version of a wasp is mainly found in Madagascar and Chile.

113. Eclectus Parrot

Close-up of vivid green eclectus parrot with a bright colored beak

The eclectus parrot is unique because the female and male versions of the species have very different appearances. The males look green with tail and wing feathers that are red or blue. The female is mostly bright red. At one time, the male and female eclectus parrots were thought to be different species. Interestingly enough, the male feathers do not actually have any green color to them, but they appear green because of the way the light scatters.

114. Green Moray Eel

Green moray eel also called Gymnothorax Funebris underwater near Caribbean reefs

The green moray eel lives all around the world in the reefs, and it is the longest of the moray eels. The green coloring is intended to provide camouflage while swimming along the floor of the sea. The camouflage goes inside the mouth of the eel to provide additional coverage when it opens its mouth.

115. Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo Calyptratus commonly known as the veiled chameleon

The veiled chameleon is green because it provides a lot of camouflage while it lives among the tops of trees. They are a pale green color, and as they age, the bands of color get bolder. The males are the most colorful ones, and they change colors when they feel stressed or are trying to attract a mate.

116. Green Lynx Spider

Green lynx spider closeup

The green lynx spider has spiky and long legs that allow them to move across plants. You can almost see through their skin, helping them blend into the plants. They have black dots and a tint along their legs. These spiders are similar to chameleons and can change their color.

117. Honeydew

Fresh cut and whole honeydew melon on a rustic wooden table

A honeydew is one of the most popular varieties of melons. It is a sweet fruit with a smooth rind that is light in color. The flesh is green. Honeydew is rich in antioxidants and a delicious and healthy snack. It is high in minerals, vitamins, and fiber.

118. Bok Choy

Fresh green bok choy salad on a wooden plate

Bok Choy is a leafy green vegetable that has stalks that are clustered and green leaves. It seems like a combination of celery and lettuce. This is a variation of the turnip. Bok Choy is high in many vitamins, including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.

119. Chives

Bunch of chives on a wooden cutting board

Chives are a herb that is similar to garlic and onions. They have a mild flavor with stems that are long and green. Chives are best used fresh, and their bright color adds a garnish to food.

120. Mint

Bunch of green mint leaves on a wooden table

Mint is an aromatic herb and a delicious addition to drinks and baked treats. It can be grown indoors all year round and harvested from spring through fall for the most intense aroma. The leaves can be used fresh, dried, or as an essential oil.

121. Okra

Close-up of raw okra on a wooden table

Okra is a fruit, even though most think of it and treat it as a vegetable. The seed pods are light green and can be cooked as a whole piece or sliced. It is easy to prep and cook. Okra has a distinct flavor and texture and becomes slimy when cooked, which is why most people either love it or hate it.

122. Green Anjou Pears

Raw green organic anjou pears

Green Anjou pears are easy to find. They are plump and short, and it appears as though these pears have no neck, almost looking like an egg. They have juicy flesh with smooth skin, and they remain green even when they are fully ripe. They taste the best when eaten raw.

123. Green-Backed Goldfinch

Green-backed or lesser goldfinch photographed in New Mexico

The green-backed goldfinch is also known as the lesser goldfinch. It’s particularly notable for a distinctive cry of “tee-yee,” which draws eyes to the bird’s beautiful plumage. Males have a light, almost fluorescent, green back. It contrasts the color with yellow undersides and black and white wings.

124. Evening Grosbeak

Evening grosbeak sitting on a branch

This species likes to spend its summers in mountainous forests. During the spring, these birds prefer to head out into lowland areas and even more urban environments. Sometimes, spring and fall will even see them venturing out into desert oases. The male is marked by a pale green beak that perfectly blends in with the new growth of the trees they nest in. The birds fly so far overhead that people often only note the green of their beaks rather than the rest of their bodies.

125. Green-Tailed Towhee

Green-tailed towhee aka Pipilo Chlorurus perched in a tree

The green-tailed towhee often acts more like a cat than a bird. It often makes an almost feline mewing noise. What’s more, it even scratches around leaf litter like a cat in kitty litter. However, there’s nothing catlike about the green-gray tail and back feathers from which the bird derives its name.

126. Orange-Crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned warbler on a branch with green leaves

The orange-crowned warbler has a talent for finding insects in odd locations. It can often be seen searching for bugs on the underside of leaves. It also likes to search for insects in clusters of dead leaves around flowerheads. The bird is mostly covered in olive-green feathers that fade to gray on its head. The orange crown is fairly indistinct compared to the rest of its feathers.

127. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Male ruby-crowned kinglet perched on a tree branch

This bird loves forests as much as it does heights. As such, it’s commonly found in the smaller forests surrounding mountain ranges. The noble-sounding kinglet has a counterintuitively dull green color. The bird’s tiny beak and plump body make it even more distinct than the regal images its name might conjure up. The male ruby-crowned kinglet does have an orange patch on top of its head, but it’s often kept hidden.

128. Black-Billed Magpie

Black-billed magpie with a green tail sitting on a rock looking right

These members of the Corvid family are among the most intelligent animals on earth. They’re even able to recognize the faces of individual humans that they find particularly notable. The black-billed magpie isn’t nearly as green as the green magpie. However, they have greenish-blue coloring all over their tails.

129. Blue-Headed Vireo

Green-backed blue-headed Vireo Solitarius on a branch

People often remark that this bird looks like it’s wearing glasses, thanks to bright eye-rings and lores. And people may well need glasses to find this tiny bird. The blue-headed vireo has greenish-gray coloring on its back, which allows it to blend into foliage easily, and the bird is white on its belly.

130. Pacific-Slope Flycatcher

Pacific-slope flycatcher on a branch

The pacific-slope flycatcher prefers moist and shady forests over the marshes preferred by the willow flycatcher. As the name suggests, it also tends toward habitats around the Pacific Northwest. The bird’s belly and neck have a somewhat dull lime-green color. The bird’s upper body has more of a greenish-gray coloration.

131. Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Male green and red broad-tailed hummingbird in the air

The broad-tailed hummingbird is one of the more enigmatic members of the species. People normally consider it to be an inhabitant of the Rocky Mountain states. However, it seems to appear sporadically in Oregon and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. Females lack any green feathers. Males have extremely bright green feathers going from their tails to the back of their heads.

132. Common Sandpiper

Common sandpiper aka Actitis Hypoleucos

The common sandpiper is a friend to anyone who dislikes mosquitoes. It likes to roam through shallow freshwater lakes in search of mosquito larvae and other small insects. The bird’s feathers are mostly brown and white. However, its notable green feature is its legs. The common sandpiper does indeed appear to be standing on long greenish-yellow stilts as it wades through the water.

133. Brandt’s Cormorant

Close-up portrait of brandt's cormorant

Brandt’s cormorants are usually distinguished by the male of the species. During the breeding season, they display their intense bluish-green pouches to the sky with their pointing bill. On the sunniest days, the bird’s feathers shine with a bright green iridescence.

134. Painted Turtle

Painted turtle aka Chrysemys Picta

The painted turtle would be harder to see if not for its love of muddy waters. However, when it basks on logs, a bystander will note the turtle’s bright yellow and black striped head, neck, and legs. The turtle also has a duller green shell.

135. Alligators

Dark green American alligator with an open mouth

Most people know that alligators are an ancient species. They date back about 245 million years. But most people don’t know individuals within the species are also very long-lived. The oldest known alligator is thought to be in his 80s. And we don’t know what the potential upper limit on their maximum lifespan might be. An alligator’s color can range from a shade of extremely dark green to a lighter olive green.

136. Crocodiles

Mugger or marsh crocodiles aka Crocodylus Palustris

Crocodiles are far younger than the alligator species. However, the crocodile still dates back to the late Cretaceous period of about 80 million years ago. One now-extinct member of the crocodile species was even large enough to hunt dinosaurs. Crocodiles typically have lighter colors than alligators. Their skin ranges from brownish-green to olive green.

137. Pacific Banana Slug

Olive green pacific banana slug crawling on the forest floor

Banana slugs are sometimes called green machines because they’re such effective composters. They’re often found eating dead plants, animal droppings, and other waste matter within forests. As their name suggests, banana slugs typically have a bright yellow coloring. However, the Pacific banana slug has an olive green coloration, which can help camouflage them within forested environments.

138. Pacific Tree Frog

Close-up of pacific tree frog aka Pseudacris Regilla

Pacific tree frogs are well known for their special skin glands. These glands give them a waxy coating that makes their already brilliant green skin shine even brighter. Their nearly florescent green coloring is largely restricted to the top of their head and back, with the frog’s underside typically having a more gray-toned coloration.

139. Northern Leopard Frog

Northern leopard frog aka Lithobates Pipiens

Like many other frogs, the northern leopard frog needs to hibernate. But this frog is particularly interesting in its fondness for using slow-running streams as a resting place during the winter. They can even hold out in the Northern cold within freezing ponds. The northern leopard frog derives its name from spotted brown markings that cover its otherwise light green skin.

140. Green Spotted Puffer Fish

Green spotted puffer fish in an aquarium

The green spotted puffer fish is beloved by aquarium enthusiasts. However, it requires a brackish environment that’s often quite difficult to create and maintain. But those who are able to create such an environment will be treated to a six-inch fish covered with black spots on its upper side. The underlying skin is a beautiful bright green, almost yellow color that’s further enhanced by its preferred brackish environment.

Green in the Natural World

Now that you’ve got a greater idea of just how many green things there are in nature, you should be set to start making your own list. Keep an open eye for the colors and sights that you’ll see around your home and the community at large.

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