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’s our extensive list of things that are green in nature:
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.
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, Southeast Asian art.
3. Spider Plants
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 a bright, vibrant orange) typically only last around a day.
The word grass actually refers to a whole family of plants, found on your front lawn and the open prairie alike and usually characterized by the bright green color and relatively sparse flowers.
11. Serrano Peppers
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
It may look like a flashy bird, but the bright greens, blues and yellows that make the green-headed tanager is actually very well-suited to hiding in the lush forests of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
Used as a garnish almost as often as it is used for a seasoning, parsley is a dark green plant with yellow flowers that’s often added to a wide range of delicious dishes.
21. Military Macaws
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 a bright, brilliant green colored skin.
32. Glorious Beetles
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 therein, using flowers as hiding spots for food.
33. African Chameleons
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Often used to make salads, arugula is a darker green plant that has a sharp, almost peppery taste. It’s native to the Mediterranean but is cultivated for use in cooking around the world.
40. Glass Frogs
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
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
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 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.
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 middle.
45. Mung Beans
Mung beans, long a staple of many East and Southeast Asian cuisines, range in color from deep brown to a light sage green, although the green variety is far more common than brown.
46. Brussels Sprouts
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.
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
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.
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.
Another popular herb, dill is used for everything from salmon to pickles to borscht. This pale, yellowish green herb is particularly popular in central and eastern European cuisines, along with several northern cuisines.
51. Green Tea
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 teas, but without the same aging process.
52. Jalapeño Peppers
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
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.
They may technically be fruits, but green peas are most commonly eaten as a vegetable. The spring-green peas themselves grow inside of a similarly colored pod until they’re finally ready to be harvested.
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
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
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.
The most popular green apple is the Granny Smith apple, beloved by bakers for its firm texture even after hours of cook time. They have a slightly more sour taste than red apples.
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.
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
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.
Tart and sour, but a little bit more mild 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
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
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.
Spinach is a dark green plant that is 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.
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.
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.
We may be more used to seeing the black, cured final result, but ripe olives are usually a bright green in color.
The fruit that launched a thousand thinkpieces, avocados are high in healthy fats as well as several B vitamins, vitamin K, C, E, and potassium.
70. Green Jays
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
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
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.
Praying mantises are renowned today for their unusual stance and female predatory behaviors, but they were highly respected and believed to have supernatural powers by several ancient cultures including Greece, Assyria, and Egypt.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
In Victorian flower language, red chrysanthemums symbolized love while yellow chrysanthemums symbolized rejected or slighted love. Green chrysanthemums are relatively modern, so they can mean pretty much whatever you want them to mean.
83. Brazilian Ruby Hummingbirds
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
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 it was declared extinct in 1939.
85. Ambush Bugs
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 in to their environments and avoid any detection.
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
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
The red-eyed tree frog is probably the frog you’re thinking of when you picture frogs in the rain forest. Its bright red eyes contrast heavily with its equally bright green skin.
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
Technically a family of birds, tanager birds range in color from bright yellow to a dark green. They’re the second largest family of birds in the world and are found around the globe.
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
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
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
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
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
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
We’ve covered regular chrysanthemums, but Green Spider Mums are a thinner-petaled variety that is often used for wedding arrangements, due to their dramatic appearance and their ability to work as an accent flower.
98. Pincushion Plants
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.
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
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
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
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.
Things That Are Green in Nature
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.