7 Weird Black Plants for Your Home

Black plants are very attractive and eye-catching. In this article, we'll tell you some great, elegant options to give a dramatic and modern touch to your home.
7 Weird Black Plants for Your Home

Last update: 06 March, 2021

If you love elegance and sophistication, you’ll surely want your garden to look elegant and sophisticated. For this reason, don’t hesitate to check out these 7 peculiar black plants that will add a special touch to your spaces. In addition, they’ll attract attention for their exotic or unusual appearance.

Black coloration is rare in nature. However, there are some species that don’t capture light well in their photosynthesis process. Therefore, they have a higher amount of chlorophyll or grow in soil with a specific pH that gives them their color.

In fact, black plants and flowers are actually the product of mixing very dark brown, red, green or purple hues that make your eyes think they’re black.

Are you ready to see some of the most spectacular ones?

Black plants that will win your heart

Small flowers in a black plant.

Since the beginning of time, humankind has been fascinated with the color black. This color and its different shades have had many facets throughout history. They’ve symbolized mortality, mourning, fertility, scholarship, and even piety, as explained in the book The Secret Lives of Color.

Without a doubt, today, people associate it with elegance and fashion. In fact, it’s one of the tones most used by the latest decorative trends. For this reason, placing on of these black plants in your home can be a good option.

Nigrescens

Nigrescens, also known as black grass, is a kind of dark, strong, and striking plant. During the spring months, its leaves have a green hue. However, with the arrival of summer, they get darker until they look black.

Also, in the warmer months, beautiful white bell-shaped flowers sprout from it, with violet hues and black seeds.

In addition, keep in mind that this plant reaches a height of between 8 and 12 inches, but it grows slowly. One of its advantages is that it’s very versatile and adapts to both outdoor gardens and pots. However, it needs constant light.

Alocasia (black velvet)

Alocasias are a variety of plants from Asia, and people love them for their large and beautiful leaves. Alocasia Black Velvet got its name because the leaves’ texture is similar to velvet.

This variety is small in size compared to others of its kind, as it grows to approximately 20 inches. So, it can be perfect to place in the living room.

Alocasia Black Velvet is a true beauty with a dramatic flair. All the attention is taken by its beautiful heart-shaped leaves, so dark green they appear black. Also, its platinum white edges make it stand out even more.

It’s very important to know that if you ingest this plant, it can be toxicTherefore, it’s not a good choice for households with pets, babies or young children.

Black Plants: Queen of the Night Tulips

Queen of the Night Black Tulips.

According to a practical guide from the Ministry of Agroindustry of Argentina to cultivate tulip flowers and bulbs, tulipa is a genus that has about 125 species, all of them originating from Central Asia.

Although the Netherlands is famous worldwide for its tulips, the greatest variety of tulips is actually in Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. In fact, the Queen of the Night Tulips were developed in Turkey.

The black color gives it a special and mysterious beauty that does not go unnoticed among the other flowers. Although it needs light, it doesn’t demand a lot of sun.

In fact, it’s not a good idea to leave it directly exposed to the sun all day, as its petals can dry out. It actually adapts very well to indoor and outdoor environments.

Molly Sanderson Viola

The Molly Sanderson Viola is one of the most beautiful black flowers you can find. Like the other violas, also known as pansies, it adapts very well to different climates and spaces, both in pots and outside.

This variety stands out for its dark purple, almost black petals, which contrast with the yellow point in the center, surrounded by lighter violet colors. It’s a plant that requires light but can adapt to partial shade conditions. In general, it’s not a very demanding flower. It needs enough water to keep its soil moist but not waterlogged.

Black elderberry

There’s a type of elderberry known as the Black Beauty Elderberry. It’s very similar to the traditional elderberry tree, but with very dark purple foliage.

This one adapts very well to humid soils, which is why it tends to grow near lakes or ponds. However, with constant watering, it’s also great for gardens.

In addition to its very attractive beauty, this elderberry produces numerous berries that are used to make jams, jellies, and syrups that can help relieve cold symptoms.

Black plants: Succulent black rose (Aeonium arboreum)

The black succulent is a very showy plant that’s easy to care for. It grows almost anywhere and doesn’t need frequent watering, so it can go several days without receiving water.

As its name implies, it’s shaped very similar to roses. Its color is a very dark purple with reddish tones. However, towards the center, it turns green and needs lots of light so the colors stay bright.

Although it’s a spectacular plant without the need to flower, in the spring, it produces star-shaped flowers in yellow and gold tones. They make the plant even more extraordinary!

Check this out: Robust Plants that Don’t Require a Lot of Care

Alocasia house plants.

Halfeti Roses

It’s common to find artificially dyed roses in many shades, including black. However, there’s a small village in Turkey called Halfeti where a variety of natural roses grows that have such a concentrated pigmentation that they appear black.

According to the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, the extraordinary beauty of these roses is due to the unique pH that the Euphrates River gives to this small village in the Urfa region.

However, in order to produce this flower in other regions of the world, you have to imitate the pH and the soil conditions of the area. It will surely be an exotic beauty to have at home.

Know the growing conditions before choosing black plants

Black plants are rare and exotic, so their prices are often high. Therefore, it’s best to check to make sure the conditions of your garden or region suit your needs before investing in them.

Go to your trusted nursery and ask a specialist to find out if it’s possible to have any of these beautiful black plants in your home. It’s better to be safe than to buy a beautiful plant that can’t adapt to the climate.

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