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Animal Crossing: New Horizons flowers and hybrids guide

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Grow some unique flowers by cross breeding them

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An Animal Crossing character joyfully smiles among a field of flowers Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch has a plethora of flowers, including some breeds new to the franchise.

In this guide, we’ll explain how flowers work and the colors you can get from crossbreeding and pollinating with cosmoses, hyacinths, lilies, mums, pansies, roses, tulips, and windflowers to create some unique blue, pink, and even black flowers.

How flowers work in Animal Crossing on Switch

Every player has a native type of flower on their cliffs. These will always be available to purchase from your shop. After you build Nook’s Cranny, more flower breeds will be available to purchase. To grab a wide array of them quickly, you may have to travel to some friends’ islands or get lucky at a Nook Miles island.

Just like previous Animal Crossing games, you can crossbreed and create unique hybrid colors. The best way to do this is to plant your flowers in a checkerboard pattern, leaving every other space open for different plants to pollinate and hybrid flowers to grow.

Flowers need water (from rain or from you and your Watering Can) to grow and create a hybrid. Watered flowers sparkle.

Having friends from other islands water your flowers makes the flowers more likely to produce offspring, according to data mines from flower researcher Aeter. Aeter also has a spreadsheet of some of the most efficient ways to grow hybrid flowers, whereas our guide has been simplified for beginners.

An Animal Crossing character stands in a patch of flowers arranged in a checkerboard pattern Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

You can pick flowers without completely uprooting the entire plant. Press Y while standing on a flower, and you’ll pick the flower and leave the stems to regrow. You can use these flowers in a variety of D.I.Y recipes.

Note that some flowers planted near each other will still create new flowers, even if they aren’t a hybrid color. These hybrid colors aren’t available for purchase, and they require crossbreeding to create. Some folks will find success in finding specific rare flowers from Mystery Island Tours, but below we’ve listed the easier way to breed the flowers from scratch.

There are multiple ways to get certain colors, but we’re listing the combinations with the highest probabilities to create rare colors, without using any flowers from Mystery Island Tours.

All of our combinations below start from seeds, which you can buy at Nook’s Cranny or from Leif’s kiosk. Using other flowers from different sources may skew your results.

Lilies

An Animal Crossing character with a pink watering can stands near yellow and red lillies Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Red + Red = Black
  • Yellow + Red = Orange
  • Red + White = Pink

Roses

An Animal Crossing character stands near yellow and white roses Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Red + Red = Black
  • Red + White = Pink
  • Yellow + Red = Orange
  • White + White = Purple
  • Purple + Red = Hybrid Pink (Looks identical to the Pink you’d get from other combinations but needed for Hybrid Blue roses)
  • Hybrid Pink + Yellow = Hybrid Red (Looks identical to Red but needed for Hybrid Blue roses)
  • Hybrid Red + Hybrid Red = Blue
  • Black Roses watered with Golden Watering Can = Gold (Golden Watering Can unlocked by reaching a 5-star town rating.)

Mums

An Animal Crossing character stands around yellow mums Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • White + Red = Pink
  • White + White = Purple
  • Red + Yellow = Hybrid Yellow (Looks identical to Yellow but needed for Hybrid Purple mums)
  • Hybrid Yellow + Hybrid Yellow = Hybrid Purple (Looks identical to Purple but needed for Green mums)
  • Hybrid Purple + Hybrid Purple = Green

Pansies

An Animal Crossing character stands around various colored pansies Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • White + White = Blue
  • Yellow + Red = Orange
  • Red + Blue = Hybrid Red (Looks identical to Red but needed for Purple pansies)
  • Hybrid Red + Hybrid Red = Hybrid Purple

Windflowers

An Animal Crossing character stands around a bunch of blue windflowers Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Orange + Red = Pink
  • White + White = Blue
  • Pink + Blue = Hybrid Red (Looks the same as Red but needed for Purple windflowers)
  • Hybrid Red + Hybrid Red = Purple

Hyacinths

An Animal Crossing character stands around yellow and red hyacinths Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Red + White = Pink
  • White + White = Blue
  • Red + Yellow = Orange
  • Orange + Orange = Purple

Cosmos

An Animal Crossing character stands next to some white cosmos Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Yellow + Red = Orange
  • Red + White = Pink
  • Orange + Orange = Black

Tulips

An Animal Crossing character stands near an array of tulips Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  • Red + Red = Black
  • Red + Yellow = Orange
  • Red + White = Pink
  • Orange + Orange = Purple

Update (April 20): More information with easier ways to breed specific flowers has been added.

Update (April 27): Added information about increasing flower spawns by having friends visit from other islands and water your plants.

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