20 Black Flowers to add Exotic Appeal in Home and Garden
Black flowers have an enchanting and exotic appeal that’s unparalleled in the flowering world! Know all about these Black and Dark flowers in this post.
Growing a Black flower in-home or garden adds a dark and mysterious appeal to the surrounding space. Black flowers are relatively rare, and it’s not often that we come across one, so owning a black flowering plant makes you stand apart. Although black flowers aren’t truly black, we have enlisted below some of the Darkest flowers out there. So check out our list of Best black flowers and choose the ones that excites you the most!
1. Queen of Night Tulips
Scientific Name: Tulipa’ Queen Of Night’
Tulips are popular flowering plants, with the queen of night tulips being the darkest of them all. The blooms display different shades of mahogany and dark maroon, depending on the sunlight. The velvety flowers bloom in late springs on tall stalks that can withstand the force of nature.
2. Black Beauty
Scientific Name: Viola’ Black Magic’
There isn’t any true Black flower, but black magic or black beauty comes as close to true black as possible. The dark petals contrast nicely with the light background and also go well with yellow and white pansies. The bright yellow centre of the flower stands out in comparison with the black petals and further enhance the beauty of the flower
3. Persian Lily
Scientific Name: Fritillaria persica
Flowering stems rising to 24 inches adorned with conical bell-shaped flowers are the highlight of Persian Lily. Deep purplish flowers appear almost black in the evening and morning. This true heirloom plant is grown from bulbs and does well in well-draining soil and the full sun.
4. Black Charm ‘Asiatic Lily’
Scientific Name: Lilium hybrid ‘Black Charm’
It’s one of the darkest lilies you’ll ever come across, with flowers that range from deep red to black hues. The cluster of flowers grows on slender stems in the summers. Blooms are trumpet-shaped with satin shimmer that is eye catchy and bold. Grow it in containers on the patio, borders, or mix it with light-coloured flowers for a dramatic display.
5. Lenten Rose
Scientific Name: Helleborus ‘Dark and Handsome’
The dark and handsome in the name does justice to this plant as it’s both! It adds flair to any surrounding and flowers in late winters around Lent’s Christian season, hence the name. An excellent choice for the patio container, raised garden beds, and balcony gardens! Hellebore’ New York Night’ is another Lenten rose cultivar that’s jet black with a creamy yellow centre.
6. Calla Lily
Scientific Name: Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Cantor Black’
The unique funnel-shaped flowers are glossy with deep purple hues that appear to be black. Foliage also adds instant drama to the plant’s overall profile with the sword-like shape and white spots. Grow it in containers, garden beds, or place it at the entrance, and if that’s not enough, it also looks stunning as a cut flower.
7. Chocolate Lily
Scientific Name: Fritillaria camschatcensis
Also known as rice lily or northern rice-root because of the rice-like bulblets around its roots, it has lance-like foliage around 10 cm in length. Although the flowers don’t have a pleasant smell, it makes up for it with attractive flowers. As the name suggests, the flowers are in dark chocolate hues and attract pollinators with their foul smell.
8. Black Cat Petunia
Scientific Name: Petunia’ Black Cat’
The reputation of Black cat petunia precedes its name as its the world’s first black petunia. The velvety flower petals are deep purple to Black and contrast well with the light green foliage. Its both drought and disease resistant and grows well when it receives 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.
9. Black Baccara Rose
Scientific Name: Hybrid Tea Rose
Although not truly black, the Black Baccara is the darkest rose you’ll ever come across. The fact that it’s the darkest rose out there adds value to baccara’s overall profile. The bloom has the timeless beauty of a classic rose and comes in the velvety deep shade of red. It’s a popular choice for cutting garden and floral arrangements as it can last about two weeks.
10. Black Rose
Scientific Name: Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’
Also known as the Black Rose, technically, it isn’t a flower, but the rosette formed by these succulent leaves resembles a flower. The shiny foliage of this succulent is in the shade of dark purple to near Black and makes an excellent backdrop for other light plants. As it’s succulent, do not overwater and plant it in well-draining soil.
11. Hello Darkness
Scientific Name: Iris’ Black Bearded’
Hello Darkness literally says hello to the darkness as it’s this award-winning iris is the darkest of all. The ruffled obsidian petals bloom in mid-spring and are uniformly colored with Black to dark purple hues. Apart from the striking flowers, this plant’s sheer size also makes it stand out among the competitors.
12. Penny Black
Scientific Name: Nemophila Discoidalis
The exotic flowers are almost black with broad white edges that stand out because of the contrasting shades. This low growing plant attains a height of only 4 inches and acts as an excellent ground cover. You can also grow penny black in small decorative containers and window boxes.
13. Black Parrot Tulip
Scientific Name: Tulipa’ Black Parrot’
Black parrot tulip petals are serrated or fringed at the edges giving the flowers a whimsical appearance. The dark purple flowers have black edges and open fully in the full sun revealing all the brilliant shades. Plant them in fall to enjoy the glorious blooms in late spring.
14. Black Dahlia
Scientific Name: Dahlia black
Dahlia is a perennial that flowers through the summer and look great in borders, garden beds, and even planters and pots. The large fluffy flowers are beautiful and come in deep red to burgundy shades that resemble almost black. The flowers last long as cut flowers and look great in floral arrangements. The ‘Arabian Night’ and The ‘Chat Noir’ are the two main black dahlias.
15. Chocolate Cosmos
Scientific Name: Cosmos atrosanguineus
Native to Mexico, the dark red to brownish flowers have a chocolaty fragrance that makes them popular among gardeners and florists alike. It’ll stand out in hot sunny gardens when it blooms and makes a statement as a cut flower against light backgrounds.
16. Black Delight ‘Viola’
Scientific Name: Viola cornuta
An excellent choice for black flower lovers as the petals are ink-black that stand out in bright backgrounds. In regions where winter is mild, it flowers throughout the winter and can turn out to be a Christmas delight.
17. Dusky Cranesbill
Scientific Name: Geranium phaeum
Also, going by the name mourning widow or black widow, its dark violet-colored flowers bloom in the late springs and early summer. Deeply lobed soft green foliage is splashed with the chocolate-brown band that adds drama. It does well in shady spots, so bear that in mind when you plant Geranium in the garden.
18. Green Wizard Coneflower
Scientific Name: Rudbeckia occidentalis
The bizarre flower heads will surely turn heads with the large black cone at the center surrounded by yellow rims and green sepals. This perennial coneflower also goes by the name western coneflower and is a midsummer delight that looks great in borders.
19. Bat Orchid
Scientific Name: Tacca chantrieri
The unusual flowers resemble bats when they are in flight and are 12 inches across with whiskers that are 28 inches long. Tacca Bat Plant is a sight to behold with the remarkable dark purple flowers and sizeable lush foliage. Getting your hands on this flower might be difficult as it’s rare.
20. Black Hyacinths
Scientific Name: Hyacinthus ‘hybrid’
Midnight mystic and Dark dimension are two spectacular black hyacinths cultivars. Dark dimension is a rare hyacinth with dazzling dark purple flowers growing out in bunch close to each other. Midnight mystic is another dazzling dark cultivar with heavenly fragrance and striking blooms. Both black hyacinths work well in containers with long-lasting cut flowers and are ideal for summer gardens.