140 Things That Are Red in Nature

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

This color is all around us on Valentine’s Day or during the whole month of Christmas, but red things can also be found in nature.

From the bright and beautiful colors found in flowers and fruits to the vibrant red markings on animals that may be there as a warning, the world truly is a magnificent place full of color and wonder.

Here are some examples of things that are naturally red:

1. Poppies

Field of blooming red poppies in grass

Poppies are large flowers that grow wild and are cultivated around the world. The red poppy is also used to remind Americans of the sacrifices made by veterans in all wars.

2. Rubies

Bright red ruby on a natural background

Rubies are gemstones that come in a wide range of hues ranging from pink to purple-red. The rich red color comes from chromium oxide.

3. Strawberries

Closeup of ripe red strawberries in vegetable garden

Strawberries are juicy red berries that are grown all around the world. Their bright red color comes from a chemical called anthocyanin. Ripe strawberries are juicy and sweet. While their flavor and scent are certainly engaging, many believe it is their rich red color that draws us in.

4. Chili Peppers

Red chili pepper growing on green branch in greenhouse

Ripe chili peppers come in a wide range of colors, though none are more notable than the bright red variety. These fiery nightshades are used to spice up all sorts of dishes and salves. Their bright hue may be nature’s way of sending a warning. Chilis with high levels of capsaicin are spicy!

5. Rhubarb

Natural organic rhubarb with red stems in garden

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable with edible red stalks (the leaves a poisonous). Its tart flavor and spring arrival make it a popular pairing for strawberries.

6. Beetroot

Dark red organic beetroot on wooden background

Beetroots are vegetables with a deep ruby to purplish-red color. These nutrient-dense veggies are often added to salads, juices, and other dishes.

7. Northern Red Snapper

Colorful red snappers swimming next to reef underwater in the ocean

The Red Snapper is a medium-sized saltwater fish that’s found off the eastern coasts of the Americas. These fish are often sought for game and food. They typically have a mix of orangey-pink and silver scales.

8. Lobster

Steamed red lobster on wooden cutting board with parsley and lemon

Lobsters are crustaceans found off the northeast coast of the United States. They dwell on the ocean floor and are largely sought after as saltwater delicacies. There is no mistaking their dark red shells that really brighten up when cooked, though rare blue and yellow lobsters have also been reported.

9. Northern Cardinals

Male northern cardinal sitting in tree with snow in winter

Male cardinals are endowed with bright red feathers and beaks. They usually boast strong black markings around their bills and eyes. Their intense color makes them easy to spot in a woodland habitat.

10. Cranberries

Closeup of ripe high bush cranberries

Cranberries are deep red berries that are grown throughout North America. They are found in the wild and cultivated in manmade bogs. Health enthusiasts often rave about their antioxidant qualities.

11. Red Admiral Butterfly

The red admiral butterfly or Vanessa Atalanta

Red Admiral butterflies have black wings with distinctive red-orange and white splotches. These common insects are some of the most prominent pollinators in North America.

12. Begonias

Red begonias blooming in garden

Perhaps you’ve heard the Grateful Dead song “Scarlett Begonias” or had the pleasure of viewing these large, red flowers in the wild. The soft petals are packed with pigment.

13. Currants

Branch of red currants with green leaves close up

Currants are small berries that grow in clusters. They come in a variety of colors, but most would argue that the red ones are the most popular. They have a slightly sweet but mostly tart flavor. As such, they are a popular ingredient in jams, baked goods, and other culinary feats.

14. Red Elderberry

Bush with red elderberries aka Sambucus Racemosa

Red elderberry is a small shrub-like bush that produces clusters of berries. Many people believe that red elderberries are poisonous. In reality, they have many natural benefits. However, the berries should only be eaten when they are ripe.

15. Maple Leaves

Red leaves on maple tree in autumn

In fall, the sharp-edged leaves of the Maple tree turn a vibrant shade of orange-red before falling off. Each autumn, people flock to rural areas of Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts just to get a glimpse of this spectacular color show. While maple leaves are only red during part of the year, they are a popular symbol for maple syrup products.

16. Summer Tanagers

The summer tanager or Piranga Rubra is a medium-sized American songbird

Adult male tanagers have distinctly solid-red bodies. Meanwhile, the females are chiefly yellow. This isn’t the only type of bird species in which the males are seemingly more noticeable than the females. Similar species include the Hepatic, Summer, and Scarlet Tanagers.

17. Crawfish

Super red crawfish or crayfish in aquarium

Crawfish, or crayfish, are freshwater crustaceans that are found through the United States. They’re a popular food in the Louisiana Bayou. Some crawfish have red shells that stick out against the gray and brown murk of river bottoms.

18. Red King Crab

Dark red king crab or Paralithodes Camtschaticus on the ocean floor

Red king crabs are hugely popular marine crustaceans. They have dark red and white bodies, legs, and claws. They dwell on the ocean bottom around the world.

19. Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria fly agaric mushrooms in the forest

The Amanita Muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric mushroom, is an incredibly popularized fungi. You may recognize its red and white spotted cap from popular movies or literature. Some scientists believe that their fire engine-red pigmentation is nature’s way of warning curious onlookers.

20. Corn Snake

Corn snake or Pantherophis Guttatus hanging on the side of a tree

Corn snakes are curious reptiles that are native to North America. They have reddish-orange, brown, and creme-colored markings that resemble that of maize or corn kernels. They are found in the wild and pet stores throughout the country.

21. Red Imported Fire Ants

Red imported fire ant on tree branch

Red Imported Fire Ants have rusty red and brown bodies. These pervasive insects have earned a bad reputation because of their painful bites. Due to their small nature and rapid reproduction rates, red fire ants are often inadvertently moved around the world. This has earned them a place on the country’s invasive species list.

22. Nasturtiums

Red Nasturtium flowers with colorful green leaves

Nasturtiums are viny plants with distinct leaves and edible flowers. The plant’s ability to bloom repeatedly makes it a popular planter and ground cover pick. The flowers come in many different shades and patterns. You may see a mix of red, yellow, pink, and orange blooms coming from a single patch.

23. Ladybugs

Red ladybug with small black spots crawling on grass straw with raindrops

Ladybugs are small beetles that are native to Asia but increasingly found throughout the world. Many people do not realize that ladybugs are not native to North America. The most common types have red or orange bodies with small black spots. They are generally well-received, and some cultivators even release these red bugs into their gardens. Their ability to feed on pests has earned them a reputation as beneficial predators.

24. Blanket Flowers

Blanket flowers or Gaillardia growing on a meadow

Blanket flowers are daisy-like perennials that are native to North America. They come in various shades of red, orange, and yellow. The reddish hues usually shoot out from the flower’s center, or pistil. This gives the flowers a sort of sunburst quality.

25. Red Ruffed Lemurs

Red ruffed lemurs aka Varecia Rubra on the ground next to a pond

Red ruffed lemurs are critically endangered animals that are native to Madagascar. They have reddish, rust-colored bodies, black tails, and black facial fur. These tree-dwellers help pollinate the trees and plants in their native habitats.

26. Red Panda

Red panda resting in a tree

Not to be confused with their black and white counterparts, red pandas are much smaller, tree-dwelling mammals that are native to the Eastern Himalayas. Their reddish fur makes it easy for them to blend in with the canopies that they call home. While the main portion of their coat is a light rust color, they boast dark brown legs and Cheshire Cat-like striped tails.

27. Red Squirrels

Red squirrel on a tree in nature

Red squirrels are rust-colored mammals that are native to Europe. Their coats look more colorful next to that of a typical North American gray squirrel.

28. Red Algae

Red algae seaweed in ocean water

Red algae are found throughout the world’s oceans and lakes. Some varieties, including dulse, Irish moss, and laver, are even seen as superfoods. Some kinds have an orange or pink tint. Meanwhile, others have deep red and purple overtones.

29. Sargassum

Sargassum seaweed piled on the shore of the Caribbean sea

Sargassum is a sort of reddish brown seaweed that is found throughout the ocean. It is an important habitat and food source for all sorts of marine animals.

30. Octopus

Photo of red octopus underwater in its natural environment

Octopuses are eight-legged marine animals that are capable of changing their colors. Some octopuses feature rusty red bodies. However, they can change their color to hide from a predator or blend into their surroundings.

31. Humboldt Squid

Injured giant Humboldt squid floating near the surface of the ocean water

The Humboldt squid is a mysterious red sea creature that is native to the Pacific Ocean. This animal’s color isn’t the only thing that makes it distinct. It’s also incredibly large and a fierce predator.

32. Tomatoes

Three ripe tomatoes on a green branch in a greenhouse

Tomatoes are popularly cultivated plants. While tomatoes are technically fruits, most people consider them to be vegetables. That might be because they are not particularly sweet. Either way, people have been growing and eating tomatoes for thousands of years.

33. Tomato Frog

Red tomato frog from Madagascar sitting on wooden log in nature

This slimy red amphibian is named for the fruit with a comparable color. It’s native to the island of Madagascar and is far from the only red species to dwell on this tropical African land.

34. Crimson Star

Red and white Crimson Star flower blooming in spring

Crimson stars are lovely red and white perennial flowers. They are known to attract similarly colorful creatures, including red butterflies and birds.

35. Red Zinnias

Red zinnia garden flower close up

These vibrant red flowers consist of hundreds of overlapped petals. Their long flowering times make them popular with gardeners around the country.

36. Blood Orange

Whole and sliced blood oranges on wooden surface

Blood oranges are citrus fruits with blood-red centers. The colorful deviation is caused by an increase in anthocyanin. This treat is jam-packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals.

37. Fig

Cut ripe figs with red centers

Figs are luscious pear-shaped tree fruits with soft purple skins and fleshy red centers. We wouldn’t have them without the help of fig wasps, which burrow into the plants in search of pollen.

38. Lily Leaf Beetle

Red lily beetle on a green leaf in a garden

Lily leaf beetles are small, red beetles that are now found throughout North America. They can often be found on the stems and leaves of lily plants (hence the name).

39. Watermelon

Pinkish-red cut watermelon on a pile of ripe watermelons in a field

Many people enjoy the juicy flesh of the watermelon. This fruit is green on the outside and pinkish-red on the inside. Most watermelon flesh is speckled with a mix of black and white seeds. The flesh is packed with antioxidants.

40. Red Pears

Red Anjou pears on basket with fresh green leaves

This fleshy, oblong fruit comes in many varieties. The Williams pear has a mix of red and green skin. However, if you’re looking for an intensely red fruit, you’ll probably favor the Anjou.

41. Mars

The red planet Mars in the solar system

Mars has been coined “the red planet“. Since it’s part of our solar system, we think it’s safe to consider it a part of the natural world. If you were to look for this planet through a telescope, you’d immediately notice its rusty hue. The red comes from the planet’s iron oxide content.

42. Raspberries

Branch of ripe raspberries on bush in fruit garden

Raspberries are perennial fruits that ripen in mid to late summer. There are several different color varieties, but certainly none as remarkable as the red raspberry. Some might describe these delectable fruits as having a reddish pink color. The hex code of the color raspberry is #E30B5C.

43. Red Salamander

Red salamander aka Pseudotriton Ruber on sandy ground

This woodland amphibian has a shiny red body that’s covered in minuscule black spots. They can be found along the banks of rivers and streams throughout the eastern United States. Their reddish bodies help them steer clear of predatory birds and other animals. They serve as a bold contrast to the mostly green and brown forests.

44. Sumac

Staghorn Sumac or Rhus typhina with red drupe blossoming in late summer

Sumac is a flowering shrub that grows around the world. Its fuzzy red fruits are used as flavor, dye, and medicinal agents.

45. Pomegranate

Whole and cut red pomegranate with leaves on wooden vintage background

Pomegranate is a deciduous shrub that produces famously red fruits. If you break a pomegranate apart, you will find hundreds of little ruby-like seeds.

46. Red Potatoes

Organic raw red potatoes in wooden basket

We’re all familiar with the white and gold varieties of these root vegetables, but red potatoes are still a popular alternative. The skin of red potatoes usually has a deep reddish purple hue to it.

47. Navajo Sandstone

Lake Powell in Glen Canyon made of red Navajo Sandstone

Navajo Sandstone is the material that makes the Glen Canyon. This distinct geological feature’s most notable quality has to be its variated red layers.

48. Apple

Red apples with green foliage of apple trees in the background

If you were to travel to New England in autumn, you’d likely come across plenty of these red fruits. Red Delicious, McIntosh, and Braeburn are just a few of the more popular red apple varieties.

49. Tulip

Blooming red tulips in the spring

Tulips come in all sorts of colors, but people are always drawn to the red ones. These cup-shaped blooms are often used to signify love.

50. Rose

Closeup of small red roses

Red roses are arguably the most popular red flowers in nature. Like tulips, the deep red color of rose petals is often associated with love.

51. Strawberry Quartz

Strawberry quartz mineral stone close up macro shot

Strawberry quartz is a red and rose-colored stone that is cherished by mineral enthusiasts. It ranges in color from soft pink to a more iron oxide-rich rusty blush.

52. Garnet

Deep red rhodolite garnet gemstone on a dark background

While garnets are hard to spot in the wild, they tend to look like blood-red diamonds once they’ve been polished and cut. They are a member of the silicate mineral group.

53. Precious Coral

Precious red coral or Corallium Rubrum in the Mediterranean Sea

Did you know that the vast majority of the world’s coral reefs are red? They are formed by calcium carbonate secreted by corals. These rare and distinguished living organisms range from orangey-pink to watermelon red.

54. Obsidian

Volcanic glass also known as obsidian

Red, or mahogany, obsidian is a crystal with a deep reddish-brown hue. It is a type of naturally occurring glass that is derived from volcanic lava.

55. Cardinal Beetle

Red-headed cardinal beetle aka Pyrochroa Serraticornis perched on top of a leaf tip

These beetles have red bodies and either red or black heads. They are about 20 millimeters long and are native to Britain.

56. Red Deer

Red deer or Cervus Elaphus on a green field in summer

Red deer are large woodland-dwelling mammals with rusty brown fur. While they may look plain brown to the untrained eye, their coat color changes from a faded gray or brown in winter to a more reddish color in summer.

57. Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

Red Strawberry Poison Dart Frog from Bocas del Toro in Panama

If you were to take a quick glimpse of one of these pervasive amphibians, you might mistake it for a juicy red strawberry. After all, these frogs tend to have bright red bodies with asymmetrical black spots.

58. Red-Veined Darter

Male red-veined darter aka Sympetrum Fonscolombii

The red-veined darter is a dragonfly. The males have deep red bodies with red-veined wings. The females are yellow.

59. Christmas Island Red Crabs

Christmas Island red crab or Gecarcoidea Natalis

Christmas Island is the home of one red crab’s migration. Each year, millions of crabs flock to the landmass to mate.

60. Bottlebrush

Blooming bottlebrush bush aka Callistemon with bright red flowers

Bottlebrush is a bush-like plant with feathery red blooms. Most bottlebrush have red spikes, but they can also be purple, pink, green, yellow, or white.

61. Scarlet Monarda

Bright red Scarlet Monarda or Bergamot flower in garden

Scarlet Monarda is a flowering perennial plant with bright red blooms. Its lovely fragrance is just as vibrant as its red hue.

62. Higanbana

Higanbana or Lycoris Radiata in the autumn in Japan

Higanbana is a plant that’s known as the “flower of the dead.” It has spindly, upturned petals. Japanese natives often leave this plant on the graves of their ancestors.

63. Goji Berries

Twig with ripe fresh Goji berries in garden

Goji berries are antioxidant-rich fruits that are native to Asia. Their red color and unique flavor notes make them popular with chefs around the world.

64. Circassian Seeds

Red Circassian seeds from the Manjadi tree aka Adenanthera Pavonina

In India, Circassian seeds are often seen as magical charms. These bright red pods come from Manjadi trees.

65. Saffron

Saffron harvested from the flowers of the autumn crocus plant

Saffron has earned its place as the world’s most expensive spice. The red tendrils are the stamens of the autumn crocus plant. Cultivators must plant thousands of flowers just to acquire a single pound of saffron.

66. Paprika Peppers

Ripe paprika peppers on the field at harvest time

These bright red peppers are typically ground and dried for culinary purposes. There’s no denying the beauty of these spindly red fruits.

67. Red Burgundy Okra

Pile of red burgundy okra at farm market

This variety of okra isn’t very popular in the United States. However, the plant’s deep red pods look fantastic next to its milky yellow flowers.

68. Terracotta Clay

Terracotta clay pots top view photo

Clay is sediment that can be found in the wild. The terracotta variety has a rusty red hue that comes from its rich iron-oxide content.

69. Red Diamond

3D rendering of a red diamond on a dark background

While most people are familiar with colorless diamonds, red diamonds are the rarest and most sought-after varieties of these gemstones. Red diamonds develop in environments with chemical impurities.

70. Japanese Blood Grass

Red Japanese Blood Grass beside stone walkway

Japanese blood grass is native to Japan. It has distinctly red details that are apparent during all seasons. The red-tipped whips are not welcome in U.S. gardens. This is because they are known to override native plants.

71. Bittersweet

Oriental bittersweet berries on the Celastrus Orbiculatus plant in fall

Bittersweet vines are perennials that are native to Asia and North America. The berries have yellow shells that break open to reveal their red centers.

72. Chokeberries

Snow covered red chokeberries and scarlet leaves

Chokeberries are blueberry-like berries that grow on vines. They have distinctly red vines and stems. Black chokeberries are blueish-purple on the outside and red on the inside. Red chokeberries are bright red.

73. Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Red ripe scotch bonnet pepper plant

These wrinkly little peppers pack a big punch. They can be traced back to Jamaica, where their bright orange or red color has been celebrated for centuries.

74. Dragon Fruit

Cactus on a pole for harvest with ripe dragon fruits on a sunny day

Dragon fruit is a pulpy tropical fruit with pinkish-red skin and white and black speckled flesh. It is the fruit of a cactus that is native to South America.

75. Red Bananas

Bunch of organic red bananas on table

Red bananas have dark, purplish-red skin that varies dramatically from your run-of-the-mill supermarket bananas. These bananas are said to have a hint of berry or apple flavor.

76. Ruby Ball Cactus

Ruby ball moon cactus or Gymnocalycium in sandy soil

Ruby ball (moon) cacti are named for their blood red buds. The red caps sit on top of green bases.

77. Polysiphonia

Polysiphonia rust colored algae on the coast of the British Isles

Polysiphonia is a type of rust-colored algae that’s native to the British Isles. It has a unique tree-like shape and feathery tips.

78. Ocean Perch

Reddish perch in the Atlantic Ocean

Ocean perch is a scaly reddish-orange fish found in the Atlantic Ocean. These pumpkin-colored fish travel in large schools.

79. Seahorse

Red seahorse holding guard in coral castle

Seahorses are unique marine animals that range in color from rust to crimson. Popular species include Sun Fires, Pintos, and Fire Reds.

80. Spider Mite

Closeup of mass of red spider mites aka Tetranychus Urticae on leaf

Spider mites are small, red arachnids. You might spot these pinheads in your garden or on the pages of a dusty, old book.

81. Red Drum

Red drum or Sciaenops Ocellatus isolated on a blue background

This fish has red fins that stand out against its silvery-white belly. It is found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

82. Red Eel

Red colored young wolf eel hiding in its cave

Red eels are marine animals that closely resemble snakes. Their distinctly red bodies may help them avoid hungry fish, birds, and sea mammals.

83. Cinnabar Moth

Red and black cinnabar moth aka Tyria Jacobaeae

These lovely black and red moths can be found throughout England and Scotland. A similar moth species is the Five-Spot Burnet.

84. Scarlet Macaw

Two colorful red scarlet macaw parrots in a palm tree

The Scarlet Macaw is a large type of parrot. Their feathers come in a rainbow of bright colors. However, we like to think that it’s their red plumages that make them so breathtaking.

85. Red Aphids

Macro photograph of ladybug and red aphids on green leaves

If you see these tiny red bugs in your garden, act fast. They can eat an exorbitant amount of leaf matter in a short time.

86. Coral Snake

Eastern coral snake or Micrurus Fulvius wrapped around red flower

These vibrant snakes are quite dangerous. Most have colorful patterns that consist of red, black, yellow, and/or orange bands.

87. Cavendish Beach

Red sandstone cliffs at Cavendish Beach on Prince Edward Island in Canada

Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, is known for its reddish-brown sands and cliffs. The color comes from the iron oxide in the rocks found there.

88. Redwood Trees

Giant redwood Sequoia tree in California

Sequoia is a partially large and long-living redwood species. These have been made famous through the popularity of California’s Redwood Forest.

89. Brazilian Cherry

Jatoba or Brazilian Cherry wood texture

Brazilian cherry, or Jatoba trees, aren’t practically red on the outside. It’s their wood and fruits that boast remarkably deep and rusty red hues.

90. Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Bright red leaves of Japanese maple tree or Acer Palmatum in the sunlight

Acer palmatum, or the Japanese maple tree, is a popular garden species. The leaves of many of these cold-hardy trees are red all year long. However, their color qualities often accelerate depending on the season.

91. Kidney Beans

Boiled red kidney beans in a bowl

Kidney beans are large beans with either deep or light red shells. They are often served alongside rice, meat, and vegetables. Many a chef will tell you that their reddish hue is a welcome addition to the plate.

92. Coffee Berries

Red berries called coffee cherries on a tree branch

When we think of coffee and the beans that are used to make it, we imagine the color brown. However, the whole process of roasting coffee starts with these deep red berries called coffee cherries.

93. Grapes

Clusters of red grapes hanging on vines

Grapes are sweet, juicy berries that are grown on vines. They come in many colors and varieties. However, red table grapes are some of the most popular. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are just a few types of wine made with red grape varieties.

94. Black Widow Spider

Black widow spider species Latrodectus Mactans with red markings on the underside

While black widow spiders are undoubtedly black, it’s the females’ red hourglass markings that make them stand out from other arachnoids. This spider’s unique red markings may be nature’s way of sending a warning to others. After all, black widow spiders are incredibly poisonous. A bite from this venomous spider is likely to result in death.

95. Cherries

Cherries hanging on a cherry tree branch

Cherries are deep red stone fruits that grow on trees. They come in many varieties, though most people are familiar with the bright red species found in most supermarkets.

96. Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is a red and green Christmas plant

In the United States, poinsettias are popular Christmas plants. They feature distinct clusters of green and red leaves and they have small yellow flowers. Poinsettias are native to Mexico.

97. Red Lily

Closeup of red lilies in the garden on a rainy day

Red Lilies are relatively common perennial flowers. These beauties are found in the wild and manmade gardens throughout the continental United States. They have a distinctly orange-red color.

98. Scarlet Ibis

Red scarlet ibis bird aka Eudocimus Ruber with outstretched wings

The Scarlet Ibis is a gorgeous red and black wading bird. These remarkable birds are found throughout South America and the Caribbean. They have long, narrow black beaks, spindly legs, and black wingtips. However, the bulk of their feathers are an orangey-crimson color.

99. Red Hair

Woman with natural red hair standing in a poppy field

Red hair grows on the heads of people from all corners of the globe. Throughout history, red hair has been revered, mocked, and scrutinized. Natural red hair is typically caused by a gene mutation.

100. Flamingos

Pink, red, and orange colored flamingo in water

Flamingos are majestic water-dwelling birds that dwell in various parts of the world. They are famous for their pink, red, and orange colors. This coloring is actually a byproduct of the birds’ diet, which consists of beta carotene-rich shrimp and algae.

101. Red Beans

Red beans in a spoon on a table

Red beans, sometimes interchangeable with kidney beans, are a low-fat source of protein, iron, and antioxidants. Red beans are kidney-shaped, feature deep, glossy red skin, and have a firm texture making them perfect in soups, casseroles, and other recipes requiring long cooking times.

102. Red Sheep

Two red sheep in a pen

Red sheep are gentle animals that were developed as hybrids by Dr. Glenn Spurlock of Davis, California in the 1970s. The lamb’s face and legs feature a red soft, silky high-quality texture wool that fades as they mature. They are raised for wool and meat.

103. Red Rainbows

Sunset with red rainbow over cityscape

A red rainbow is a beautiful natural phenomenon when the sun is low on the horizon. Red rainbows usually happen at sunset when there is rain in the air. When the sun is low in the sky, the green and blue light is weaker as it travels through the Earth’s atmosphere, creating an awesome red sight to see.

104. Red Bougainvillea

Macro shot of red bougainvillea flower in springtime

A red Bougainvillea is a vibrant red ornamental flower that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It is a vining flower that blooms throughout the warmer months. This gorgeous flower thrives in full sun and grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 and 10.

105. Human Blood

Illustration of red human blood cells inside the body

Human blood is a red fluid that carries nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells and removes carbon dioxide and other waste. Hemoglobin is the protein that gives blood its red color. Blood is pumped by the heart and it travels throughout the whole body. It is then returned to the heart which continues this very important life-sustaining process.

106. Ruby Red Grapefruit

Fresh cut organic ruby red grapefruit

Ruby red grapefruit is a citrus superfood that has bright red pulp and thinner skin than other grapefruit varieties. It is the sweetest, most delicious grapefruit due to its juicy bright red pulp. Ruby red grapefruit is healthy as it contains Vitamin C, lycopene antioxidants, and beta-carotene, which also gives it the bright red color.

107. Vermilion Flycatcher

Bright red vermilion flycatcher perching on fence

This beautiful red bird is striking with brightly red, orange, and brown feathers that glow in the sunlight. Male Vermilion Flycatchers are especially colorful with females a little less bold. These eye-catching birds can be seen flying in Mexico and South America into the Southwestern United States. They spend long periods of time carefully perching on fences and shrub tops waiting to catch insects that fly by.

108. Ixora Coccinea

Red ixora coccinea flower in nature garden

Ixora Coccinea is a gorgeous tropical plant with bright red flowers, orange tints, and a yellow stamen. It is also called Flame of the Woods and Jungle Flame. Its oblong leaves are pointed and shiny. Ixora Coccinea grows low to the ground like a shrub. This beautiful red plant is native to India and Sri Lanka and is also popular for Florida gardens.

109. Red Starfish

Mediterranean red starfish or sea star in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

Starfish, also called sea stars, come in a variety of colors including red. They are not fish, but actually part of a group of marine animals called echinoderms. Starfish live under the water but don’t have gills, scales, or fins like fish. They are related to sand dollars and sea lilies and move through the water with their tube feet, unlike fish who use their tails.

110. Red Carnation

Studio photo of several red carnations on a black background

Red Carnations are popular flowers that have one round cabbage-looking bloom and ruffled petals about two inches wide. Carnations come in a variety of colors, but red is traditionally used to decorate romantic events. Florists commonly use Carnations throughout the entire year to create a variety of floral bouquets. Red Carnations symbolize love, respect, admiration, and health.

111. Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly aka Lycorma Delicatula with bright red underwings

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive flying pest that looks similar to a moth or butterfly. It is native to Asia and has entered the United States and is now devastating plants and trees by feeding on the sap of the plants, thereby weakening them. The Spotted Lanternfly has a bumblebee-like body and features a distinct bright red color on its wings.

112. Irish Setter

Two Irish setter dogs playing on a field in summer

The Irish Setter is a canine that is beloved for its deep mahogany red coat. Originally bred for hunting because Irish hunters loved the bright red coat as it was easily visible in the forest. Irish Setters are also fast, intelligent, curious, and have a wonderful sense of smell.

113. Burning Bush

Red burning bush AKA Euonymus Alatus in autumn park

A Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus) is a shrub popular for its transformation from a normal green plant to a brilliant, bright red foliage in the fall. It can be displayed alone or grouped with other plants. It is a hardy plant that spreads by birds and other animals eating the red berries and then dropping the seeds at other locations.

114. Chinese Lantern Plant

Red and yellow Chinese lantern flowers

Chinese Lantern Plants, also referred to as Winter Cherry and Ground Cherry, are beautiful plants that get their name from the distinct orange-red color and paper-like texture that is similar to a Chinese Lantern. This beautiful plant makes an eye-catching houseplant or addition to the garden. The berries and leaves are poisonous, but other parts are used medicinally.

115. Fire

Closeup shot of red fire on a black background

Fire is referred to as red-hot due to the burning red-colored flames. A flame’s color can vary thanks to the temperature of the flame and what is burning. When a flame reaches between 977 and 1,830 degrees Fahrenheit it turns red.

116. Hawaiian Red Salt

Pile of Hawaiian red salt on black surface

Hawaiian Red Salt, also referred to as Alaea salt, is a natural unrefined sea salt mixed with iron oxide. The Alaea or volcanic rock gives this distinctive salt its brick-red color and earthy subtle flavor. It is used to season Hawaiian dishes and it adds a beautiful hue and crunchy texture to any recipe.

117. Annatto Seeds

Annatto seeds used to create natural red pigments

The Annatto seeds from the achiote tree are unique spices that are usually added to achiote paste, adobo, and other Mexican/Caribbean recipes. They are a deep, rich red color and almost resemble burgundy red. When Annatto seeds are cooked, the red color fades to an orange/yellow tone. Annatto extracts are also used to color processed foods including cheese, dairy spread, butter, snacks, breakfast cereals, and smoked fish among others.

118. Red Tide

Red tide washing ashore at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand

A red tide is a scientific phenomenon describing a red algal bloom in the water. These happen when algae or plants that live in the sea and freshwater grow uncontrollably, producing harmful toxins for humans and sea life.

119. Hematite

Red hematite minerals coloring rocks in the mountains at sunrise

Hematite is a heavy, hard mineral with a high content of iron. It has a red color resembling blood and it is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. Today, it is often used as a pigment and it has also been used as mourning jewelry in the past.

120. Bergamot

Close-up of red bergamot flower blooming outdoors

Bergamot is a flowering perennial that is also called Scarlet Bee Balm. It is a member of the mint family. Bergamot produces gorgeous red flowers that have an intoxicating citrus fragrance. Bergamot attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds and is a great pollinator.

121. Abyssinian Cats

Red Abyssinian cat relaxing on stone fence

The Abyssinian cat is a relatively old breed, a cross between European and North African cats that developed during the 1800s. With its slender, graceful build, friendly and intelligent personality, and reddish ticked coat, the Abyssinian is one of the most popular cat breeds around the world. Since their introduction nearly two hundred years ago, the Abyssinian breed hasn’t changed greatly. As a result, these cats show a low level of genetic diversity that can lead to various health problems. However, this also means that they have an instantly recognizable appearance and a steady personality.

122. Carnelian Stones

Wooden bowl with red colored carnelian stones

Carnelians are actually a specific variety of chalcedony, which is a silica mineral that’s been used for jewelry and decoration since before written history. Carnelian’s distinctive red-orange shade comes from trace amounts of iron oxide, or rust, that tint the color of the mineral structure. The ancient Romans used carnelian stones to make signet rings, since wax naturally slides off the surface of a carnelian stone, which made these dark red gemstones a great choice for sealing letters or other important documents. Today, most carnelians are found in Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, or Russia.

123. Chalcedony Stones

Three orange-red chalcedony agate gemstones on a wooden table

We’ve already seen carnelians as a specific type of chalcedony, but chalcedony stones overall often display that same fiery red color. Unlike carnelians, however, chalcedony can range in color from a pale grayish blue to a dark shade of brown that almost passes for black. Other popular varieties of chalcedony include agates, heliotropes, onyx, and mtorolite stones. Chalcedony stones are found around the world, with natural deposits on nearly every continent. Despite the many options, the red or orange varieties still remain some of the most captivating and popular gemstone choices for jewelers and decorators worldwide.

124. Chestnut Horses

Red colored chestnut horse stallion out in nature in autumn

Chestnut horses aren’t actually a separate type or breed of horse. Instead, the word “chestnut” always refers to a specific coat color that can be found in nearly every breed of horse. As a general rule, if you’ve ever seen a red horse, then what you’ve seen is probably some form of chestnut. Although a horse’s coat can range in color from a “liver chestnut”, which is so red that it looks black, to a “Pangare chestnut”, which is often mistaken for a palomino color, every red horse is chestnut-colored.

125. Cocker Spaniels

English cocker spaniel with red fur

Cocker Spaniels were originally used to hunt the Eurasian Woodcock, which is where they get their name. They’re small, intelligent dogs with a keen sense of smell and a hardworking personality that has made them one of the most popular dog breeds in America for years. While both English and American Cocker Spaniels boast coats in a range of colors from black to gold to tricolor, the reddish-gold coat of both varieties is one of the most popular. This particular coloring was made even more popular by the 1955 Disney movie Lady and the Tramp, which “starred” a red and tan female American Cocker Spaniel as its main character, Lady.

126. Dachshunds

Red long-haired dachshund running on the pavement

No matter what you call them – sausage dogs, wiener dogs, badger dogs – Dachshunds are some of the most instantly recognizable animals on the planet today. Originally bred to hunt badgers, the breed’s short legs and long body made it a perfect hunter for chasing animals back into their holes. The most common coat colors for the modern dachshund are one of two options: a black and tan coloring or a bright red coat, with the red coats being more popular and more visible throughout the breed’s historical development.

127. Egyptian Mau Cats

Egyptian mau cat with red fur and green eyes looking into the camera

One of the oldest cat breeds in the world, the Egyptian Mau is a small, slim cat with a black stripe running from its head to the end of its tail. The Mau cat comes in six colors, with silver and “bronze” as the most common shades. The bronze Mau has a reddish-gold coat, and, like all cats in the species, a marking on the forehead in the shape of either a scarab beetle or the letter “m”. All Mau cats have green eyes, although their eyes may be slightly more amber-colored as kittens.

128. Frederiksborg Horses

Frederiksborg horse closeup of the head

The Frederiksborg horse is the oldest breed of horse in Denmark and appears in notable works of art and literature throughout that country’s history. They may be rare today, but their broad heads, intelligent personalities, and bold red coats have made them a popular symbol of nobility and gentility alike. Unlike many other famous horse breeds, the Frederiksborg horse is not prone to any particular health defects. In order to prevent the rise of any health defects related to inbreeding, Frederiksborg horse breeders religiously study the studbooks and lineage of each horse before they’re allowed to make a match.

129. Irish Terriers

Portrait of red Irish terrier in autumn

Not to be confused with the Irish Setter, the Irish Terrier is a scruffy, hardworking terrier breed that stands just under two feet tall and is usually found in some shade of red, gold, or reddish brown, although some mixed color coats are occasionally seen. Irish Terriers are high energy, but they’re also extremely good with people, which means that they enjoy playing with children and other dogs, no matter their age. They need plenty of exercise to burn off that energy, which makes them a good fit for an active household.

130. Jasper Stones

Polished red jasper stone on a dark background

The name jasper literally means spotted or speckled stone and is derived from multiple Old French and Latin terms. With that name, it’s hardly surprising that jasper should look the way that it does – in their unpolished form, jasper stones typically have red or white spots, speckles, or even bands. Once polished, jasper has a deep rust-red color, although green, yellow, brown, and blue varieties do exist.

131. Morgan Horses

Three Morgan horses in a fold eating grass

The Morgan horse breed is named after American composer and horse owner Justin Morgan. In 1792, Justin Morgan received a small bay stallion named Figure as a debt repayment. All Morgan horses can trace their lineage back to this one stallion, and the breed has remained a staple of American history ever since. Like some of the other horse breeds on this list, the Morgan can be found in a range of colors, but the most common is some shade of red. Whether it’s a dark reddish brown or a bright true red, the Morgan’s coat has made it an iconic figure in history, artwork, and literature for the last two hundred years.

132. Onyx Stones

Detailed red onyx stone texture

We’ve already mentioned how onyx is a variety of chalcedony, but most people tend to think of the color black when they picture an onyx stone. While it’s certainly true that black onyx is the most well-known variety, red onyxes are just one of several onyx varieties. The main distinguishing characteristic of onyx is the bands in alternating colors that often make up the stone’s face. In the case of red onyx, the bands are usually deep red and a paler pink color that clearly stands out against the darker shades.

133. Quarter Horses

Two red quarter horses running in front of flowering trees

With more than three million individual animals in the United States, the American Quarter Horse is far and away the most popular breed in the country. They’re actually closely related to Thoroughbred horses, as Janus – one of the horses responsible for producing the first Quarter Horses – was a grandson of the famous Godolphin Arabian, forefather to the Thoroughbred breed. While Quarter Horses come in nearly every color, their red or red-and-white patterned coats have made them one of the most iconic symbols of American horsemanship and adventure.

134. Red Spinel Stones

Mineral macro shot of small spinel crystals on white calcite

The name spinel comes from the Latin word for spine, a reference to the many spiny points that make up this mineral’s crystal structure. Spinel is unique among the many different types of crystal on this list in that it can actually be found in a colorless variety. However, the colored stones are far more common, and some of the most famous spinel stones are red in color. “The Black Prince’s Ruby” is actually a spinel stone, as is the famous “Timur Ruby” kept in the Tower of London in England.

135. Redbone Coonhounds

Close-up of redbone coonhound in focus

As the name might suggest, the Redbone Coonhound is a large red dog that was originally bred to hunt raccoons, along with bears, boars, cougars, and several other large animals that posed a threat to settlers in the American South. Other than their deep red coats, one of the Redbone Coonhound’s other distinguishing features is its eyes. Large, dark brown, and exceptionally soulful, the Redbone Coonhound’s eyes take “puppy dog eyes” to a whole new level. The 1961 novel Where the Red Fern Grows prominently features two Redbone Coonhounds in its plot.

136. Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Red coated Rhodesian ridgeback lying on the lawn

Originally bred in Zimbabwe, Rhodesian Ridgebacks were developed in order to hunt lions. Once a cross between the native hunting dogs and the dogs brought by European colonists, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are distinguished today by the “ridge” of backwards hair that grows along their spines. Whether they have a pink nose or a black mask around their nose, ears, and eyes, Ridgebacks will always have a distinctly red tint to their coats. They also sometimes have a splash of white on their chests, but it’s the red undercoat that earns them a spot on this list.

137. Sunstone Gems

Macro photograph of polished sunstone in red and orange colors

Technically a type of feldspar, sunstones are found throughout Norway, Sweden, the United States, and Australia. Their name comes from their unique interaction with light – when viewed from certain angles, a sunstone will produce a sparkling, almost iridescent glow. The “sparkles” are produced by copper mineral faces within the crystal that catch the light and reflect it back. For most of history, sunstones have not been considered popular jewelry stones. Today, however, these red, pink, or orange-red stones are enjoying a surge in popularity that can be traced directly back to the dazzling way that these stones look in the light.

138. Thoroughbred Horses

Thoroughbred horse with red coat standing on grassland

All modern Thoroughbred horses can trace their ancestry back to three Arabian horses from the early 1700s. Today, Thoroughbreds are most well-known for their racing prowess, their high-strung and spirited temperaments, and their lean, narrow build. While it’s true that Thoroughbreds produce many different coat colors, some of the most famous Thoroughbreds in history have had red coats. Phar Lap, Seabiscuit, Man o’ War, Secretariat, and Eclipse were all red horses. Phar Lap, Secretariat, and Man o’ War were all nicknamed “Big Red” by their owners and have gone down in history as some of the fastest horses to ever live.

139. Topazes

Macro shot of red and clear topaz crystals

Second only to diamonds, topazes are some of the toughest minerals found in nature. Their natural deposits can be found around the world, with hotspots in mountainous regions on every major continent except Antarctica. The most popular topazes are typically found in shades of blue, green, or yellow. However, impurities within the crystalline structure can produce topazes with a vivid red hue that have long impressed authors, poets and wealthy jewelry owners alike for centuries.

140. Vizslas

Hungarian vizsla with red colored coat in the forest

Weimaraners and Vizslas are both smooth-coated hunting dogs that look very similar in size, shape, and overall appearance, but the main difference is their coat. While many other dog breeds may have coats that vary in color or shade, the Vizsla will always have a reddish gold coat and a pale pink nose that almost blends in with the color of its fur. Vizslas are an incredibly old dog breed, with the first references to these dogs appearing as early as 1357. Native to Hungary, their numbers dwindled down to just 12 dogs after World War II, but they have since rebounded to regain their place as popular hunting dogs and family pets.

Red in the Natural World

As you can see, there are more red things in nature than we realize. Whenever you need to remind yourself what a red flower, fruit, animal, or other natural miracle is called and what it looks like, use this list to refresh your memory.

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