25 Beautiful Botanical Images for Your Walls

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Having recently worked on a project using botanical prints, I happened upon an amazing resource, the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Thousands of beautiful images from botanical illustrations to animals fill their collection.  I took a few hours going through many and saved a few that stood out for possible use later.  Now that I’m finished, I’ve decided to share some of my faves here with you.  These images (all .jpg files) could easily be printed out (the site offers up a printing option), where one could print out for making everything from wall art to gift wrapping paper.  I love the idea of creating a gallery wall with these, or with a few photoshop skills, you could make a fun gift wrapping set too. A few craft ideas:  Decoupage your stairs like this, Make wrapping paper, printable wallpaper, frame gallery-style. So many ideas!

  • Pink Orchid 1 of 24
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    A gorgeous pink orchid from Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].

    Click here to view/download.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Robina 2 of 24
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    Robina - Neo Mexicana.

    Image from Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].

    Click here to view/download.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Prickly Pink 3 of 24
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    Mamillaria. (Native of the Rocky Mountains).

    Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here to download/view the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Brazil Native 4 of 24
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    Dipladendia (Native of Brazil)

    Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here to download/view image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Protea 5 of 24
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    Protea Longiflora (Long-flowered cream-colored Protea).

    Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here to view/download or print.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Mellow Yellow 6 of 24
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    Candollea Cuneiformis Cuneate

    Image from Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here for the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Ox-Eye 7 of 24
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    Large-flowered Marsh Ox-Eye

    Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here for the download or to view.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Hawthorn 8 of 24
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    Oriental Hawthorn

    Edwards's botanical register..
    London :James Ridgway,1829-1847..
    Click here for the download or to view.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Cockscomb 9 of 24
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    Scarlet Cockscomb

    Edwards's botanical register..
    London :James Ridgway,1829-1847..
    Click here for more info.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Cacti 10 of 24
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    A beautiful cacti.

    Phytanthoza iconographia, sive, Conspectus aliquot millium.
    Sumptibus imprimebatur Ratisbonae [Regensburg] :Per Hieronymum Lentzium,1737-1745..
    Click here for the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Stunning Leaves 11 of 24
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    Love the leaves on this one.

    No Scientific name to be found.
    Click here for the download.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Lovely Fern 12 of 24
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    Lush fern leaf.

    Florae Columbiae :.
    Berolini :Apud Ferdinandi Duemmleri Successores,1858-69..
    Click here for the image.

  • White and Green 13 of 24
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    Love this one, would look great paired with a bright flower print.

    Florae Columbiae :.
    Berolini :Apud Ferdinandi Duemmleri Successores,1858-69..
    Click here for the download/image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Go Tropical 14 of 24
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    For the tropical set.

    Florae Columbiae :.
    Berolini :Apud Ferdinandi Duemmleri Successores,1858-69..
    Click here for the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Neatly Displayed 15 of 24
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    I love the layout of these.

    A description of the genus Pinus :.
    London :J. White,1803-1824..
    Click here for the link.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Green + Brown 16 of 24
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    More beautiful illustrations.

    A description of the genus Pinus :.
    London :J. White,1803-1824..
    Click here for the link.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

     
  • Gorgeous Background 17 of 24
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    I love this dark background.

    Hortus Europae americanus, or, A collection of 85 curious trees and shrubs :.
    London :Printed for J. Millan,1767..
    Click here for the download.

     Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Beautiful Seaweed 18 of 24
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    Pretty sea weeds would look great in a bathroom.

    A popular history of British sea-weeds,.
    London,Reeve and Benham,1851..
    Click here for the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Seaweed No. 2 19 of 24
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    Another beautiful sea week print.

    A popular history of British sea-weeds,.
    London,Reeve and Benham,1851..
    Click here for the download.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Seaweed No. 3 20 of 24
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    Another beautiful sea weed print to make a set.

    A popular history of British sea-weeds,.
    London,Reeve and Benham,1851..
    Click here for the link.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • The Waterlily 21 of 24
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    A beautiful illustration of the waterlilies:.
    [Washington]Published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington1905.
    Click here to see.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Waterlily No. 2 22 of 24
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    A beautiful print for a bedroom.

    The waterlilies:.
    [Washington]Published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington1905.
    Click here for the link.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Leafy Green 23 of 24
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    A beautiful saturated green.

    The North American sylva;.
    Philadelphia,Rice, Rutter & co.,1865..
    Click here for the link.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

  • Yellow Lily 24 of 24
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    A vibrant yellow.

    Curtis's botanical magazine..
    London ;New York [etc.] :Academic Press [etc.].
    Click here for the image.

    Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Library.

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