Flowers and more that will make you scream!
When we think of Halloween, we typically think of ghouls, ghosts, goblins and other freaky entities or animals. It’s easy to forget that creepy foliage exists as well! If you’re trying to cook up a deliciously evil garden or create a truly inspired floral display for Halloween, you’ll want to include one or two terrifying plants. Here are some plants that creep us out, whether that be from their diets, color or the shape of their shadows…
These succulents take on a truly otherworldly quality, taking a shape that might emulate a coral reef in washed out color. Because it’s a succulent, it needs little water, and will be happy indoors and out.
Pitcher plants have gotten the nickname “witches brew” thanks to a sweet nectar found atop its long, tubular stem. This nectar lures insects, who fall prey to this plant’s carnivorous diet! Sarracenia are happy indoors and out, but give it plenty of light if keeping inside.
Venus Fly Traps
This is probably the prime example of carnivorous plants, and the inspiration for many a man-eating plant in Hollywood. Like the sarracenia, these plants won’t mind being indoors with lots of light. If you can’t feed them insects, you might have to give it some hamburger!
These lilies are elegant and mysterious, with a train of long, sweeping bracts that fall from a deep purple flower. No one knows for certain the purpose its bracts have, but there’s no denying their eerie beauty! If you have one indoors, keep it in filtered light; outdoor bat lilies will be happy in the shade.
Black Parrot Tulips
These flowers are incredibly dark–in fact, they’re the darkest tulips you can buy. But their fringed petals are devastatingly gorgeous, reminiscent of gothic frills and doilies. No haunted house or ghost bride would be quite complete without a bouquet of these strange blooms!
The amaranth is a bright summer bloom, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy! The amaranth stem has a beautiful pink-red color that explodes into an elegant, fuzzy and almost vein-like shape. Would you believe it’s also used as a super-food, spurned by gluten-free diets?
This flowered succulent sprouts long, thin stems out from the ground that remind us of zombie fingers digging out from their grave–and the flowers themselves hang in a mournful pose. As with any succulent, they’re easy to take care of–just keep them away from frosts.
Black Pearl Pepper
This black plant looks straight off a Halloweenish movie set: improbably dark an foreboding! This is another summer plant, requiring full sun to thrive. Who would’ve thought, given its nightmarish color!
Japanese Blood Grass
Blood grass looks great in the fall, with seasonal red tips that look stained from blood! It makes for a great, leafy backdrop for your spooky garden or autumnal display. Be sure to grow it in a pot, as Japanese blood grass is invasive.
Sundews can make your skin crawl, as their hairy stems evoke the image of hairy spider legs. But this plant is no friend to insects: their peach fuzz are coated in enzymes that digest unlucky insects the plant attracts. Truly horrifying!