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10+ Gothic Plants To Take You To The Dark Side

I've always been attracted to darker aesthetics and the occult. It must be all the years of reading Anne Rice novels. Ha, ha! Or all those hours I've spent watching Tim Burton movies.

Either way, if you like things on the darker side too you'll be thrilled to know there are creepy and dark looking flowers you can add to your garden. Oh yes!

1. Cryptanthus 'Black Mystic'

If you're looking to blow all your friends away with a plant this one might be it. Also known as "Earth Star" or "Starfish Plant". It features star-shaped rosettes with striking striped patterns on black leaves.

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2. The Bat Flower

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You read that right. The Tacca chantieri is an exotic plant with flowers that kinda resemble a bat in flight. It has deep purple blooms with ruffled wings and long, hanging filaments. Isn't it creepy looking?

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3. Catasetum Orchid

I forgot to mention The Bat Flower is actually an orchid. Speaking of orchids, this is truly a spectacular one. I had no idea there were black orchids out there. Known to be easily grown in warmer climates.

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4. 'Black Mamba' Begonia

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This versatile plant comes with large star-shaped leaves that look almost black. The funny thing is that in the winter it produces pink flowers. So they will be a stark contrast to its foliage. Wow, cool.

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5. 'Queen Of The Night' Tulip

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This dark burgundy, tall variety of tulips definitely lives up to its name. It's graceful, regal, and striking. It's one of the blackest tulips out there. And it pairs well with white or yellow.

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6. Black Pansies

We had so many pansies when I was growing up. But I'm used to seeing them in purple, yellow or white. This back variety gives off that dark and brooding vibe. Mix them up with orange for Halloween.

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7 'Penny Black' Nemophila

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This delightful little gem of a flower features almost black blooms that have a broad white edge. This is definitely something you don't see every day. Huh? It's a perfect accent for rock gardens.

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8. Black Petunia

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Not to be mistaken with the begonia, this similar looking flower is none the less spooky. And get this, it's carnivorous. What? It actually traps small insects by using the sticky hairs on its stalks. Yikes.

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9. 'Midnight Mystic' Black Hyacinth

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This unique hyacinth is unusually hardy. The great news is that it comes with a heavenly scent. It features dark purple blooms that get darker as time passes. What a great addition to any garden.

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10. Begonia Ferox

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This new to the scene plant is quite unusual, to say the least. Each leaf has these raised cones that resemble teeth. But don't worry they're not sharp to the touch. They do look freaky though. Huh?

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11. Helleborus 'Onyx Odyssey'

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This visually stunning flower is actually a cross-breed of the lenten rose. It features stalks of gorgeous double black-purple flowers in late winter. Wow, I've never seen a flower quite like that. It looks almost unreal.

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12. 'Black Prince' Succulent

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Add instant drama to your succulent collection with this stunning black variety with a green center. As with most succulents, this one is easy to take care of, which is always great news to me. Ha, ha!

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13. Persian Shield

OMG, words cannot express how obsessed I am with this plant. One of my favorite colors is purple and this shade is as good as it gets. I must get my hands on this beauty asap. Swoon!

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Okay, this settles it I'm starting a dark garden. I had no clue there were so many cool gothic-esque plants out there.

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I'm thoroughly impressed with each and every one of these flowers. And I can't wait to look for them.

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