A few examples of perennial flowers are coneflowers, peonies, asters, day lilies, black-eyed Susans, anemones and forget-me-nots. Unlike annuals that thrive only for a year or biennials that take two years to grow before flowering once and dying, perennial flowers are plants that have a life span longer than two years, notes Garden.org.
A characteristic of perennial flowers is that they grow and bloom during the spring and summer months and die back during the late fall or winter months. Perennial flowering plants grow back the following spring season.
Although the life span of perennial flowers can be longer than two years, there are flower types that live for short periods, while others have a longer life span. Some examples of flowers with long life spans are coneflowers and peonies. Some peonies can live for over 50 years, notes PeonyParadise.com. Examples of perennial flowers that live for a short time include columbines and lupines.
Some other examples of perennial flowers are alstroemerias, balloon flowers, bee balms, Canary Island daisies, Chinese ground orchids, chrysanthemums and evening primroses. Some interesting facts about bee balm are that its botanical name is Monarda and bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to this plant native to North America. Chrysanthemums, which are herbaceous plants belonging to the Asteraceae family, come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors.