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46 Black Flowers and Plants to Add Drama to Your Garden

Add a unique touch of color and drama to your garden by adding Black Flowers and Plants. These plants can also be grown in containers.

Black plants are not really black, but dark purple, deep burgundy, maroon, or red. These black flowers and plants can transform any backyard or container garden exquisitely. They add a tropical touch and look exceptional when grown with other bright-colored plants.

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Black Flowers and Plants

1. Queen of Night Tulip

Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

Beautiful and dramatic, its flower appears in deep maroon in spring. This variety can be mixed with white or pink tulips or other bright-colored flowers to create an astonishing view.

2. Sophistica Blackberry Petunia

Petunia (grandiflora) Sophistica BlackberryBotanical Name: Petunia grandiflora ‘Sophistica Blackberry’

Varieties like ‘Black Velvet Petunia’ or ‘Black Cat Petunia’ look almost black, but finding their seeds may be complicated and expensive. ‘Sophistica blackberry’ is an easier option with deep reddish or burgundy in color.

3. Onyx Odyssey Helleborus

Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’Botanical Name: Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’

The dark burgundy or nearly black hellebores are highly appreciated for their color. This lovely perennial can easily be grown in containers in partial to full sun. Provide good air circulation around the plant and keep the soil moist.

4. Molly Sanderson Viola

Viola ‘Molly Sanderson’ 2Botanical Name: Viola ‘Molly Sanderson’

Violas ‘Molly Sanderson’ is another excellent option to enjoy flowers in black color. It can be grown both on the ground and in containers, with flowers appearing from spring to fall.

5. Before the Storm Iris

Botanical Name: Iris ‘Before the Storm’

Irises are widely used in gardens and are available in almost every color, including chocolate, and the variety, ‘Before the Storm,’ offers perfect black color.

6. Diabolo Ninebark

Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ syn. ‘Monlo’ 3Botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ syn. ‘Monlo’

A versatile and appealing shrub with white flowers and deep burgundy foliage looks black in shade. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and grows best in USDA Zones 2-7.

7. Black Baccara Rose

Black Baccara’ RoseBotanical Name: Rosa ‘Black Baccara’

This dramatic tea rose, due to its bold color and upright habit, looks stunning! Its dark color and fragrant blooms make an amazing display in the garden.

Have a look at the most stunning black roses here

8. Nigra Hollyhock

Botanical Name: Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’

‘Nigra’ bears chocolate maroon flowers that look almost black towards the center. Hollyhocks are old traditional plants, easy to grow, and do well in various climates.

9. Wine and Roses

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Botanical Name: Weigela florida

This variety of Weigela is sold as ‘Wine and Roses’ or ‘Alexandra.’ It offers a surprising combination of flowers in pink tones immersed in deep burgundy foliage.

10. Black Beauty Elderberry

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’

Another excellent choice within our black flowers and plants list is Sambucus nigra ‘Gerda,’ valued for its purple-black foliage, pink flowers, and juicy edible fruits.

11. Zantedeschia Black Star

Botanical Name: Zantedeschia ‘Black Star’

One of the most decorative flowers, the ‘Black Star,’ has a deep purple spathe that looks almost black. It looks attractive in combination with light green foliage spotted with red tips.

12. Black Mondo Grass

Black Mondo Grass 3Botanical Name: Ophiopogon planiscapus

A wonderful alternative for warm climates in rock gardens, borders, or pots. The ‘black mondo grass’ grows about 12-16 inches tall and can extend up to 6-12 inches wide.

13. Zwartkop Aeonium

Aeonium Arboreum 1Botanical Name: Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

This tall succulent has rosettes of dark reddish-brown or burgundy leaves and yellow flowers that appear from summer through fall. It is more suited to warm climates.

14. Arabian Night Dahlia

Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’

Dahlias become the most beautiful cut flowers. ‘Arabian night’ has deep purple-red flowers that look almost black in the shade.

15. Colocasia Black Magic

Colocasia ‘Black Magic’ 5Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’

Colocasia ‘black magic’ is an astonishing plant that can be identified from its dramatic large and dark purple-black dusty leaves.

16. Black Prince Coleus

Coleus ‘Black Prince’ 2Botanical Name: Solenostemon ‘Black Prince’

‘Black Prince’ has unusual solid black foliage and small flowers. It can be grown either as a perennial in warm subtropical or tropical regions or as an annual in a temperate climate.

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17. Silver Laced Primrose

Botanical Name: Primula ‘Silver Lace Black’

It produces flowers of black-brown color with scalloped silver edges and a golden center. Blooms are fragrant and appear in spring.

18. Black Coral Bell

Heuchera ‘Obsidian’Botanical Name: Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

Also called ‘Obsidian Coral Bells,’ it is one of the most beautiful black color plants in our list that you can grow in borders, in flower beds, or in containers!

19. Bat Flower

Botanical Name: Tacca chantrieri

It is a unique, rare, and exotic flower that mimics a bat in flight. The plant requires warm subtropical to tropical weather to thrive.

20. Black Magic Mangave

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Botanical Name: Mangave ‘Black Magic’

This tropical succulent offers a rosette of almost black leaves when kept in full sunlight. It looks great with other light-colored plants.

21. Dark Reiter Geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’

The plum-black leaves of this geranium look almost black from a distance. Come summer, and the plant grows bright lilac blooms!

22. Red Rubin Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurascens’

The dark red leaves of the plant give a black impression of its foliage. It is a great plant to add color to the salad!

23. Black Bearded Iris

Botanical Name: Iris ‘Hello Darkness’

The dark flowers of this plant take the crown when it comes to the color black! The ruffled petal bloom looks ravishing with purple-black tones.

24. Sweetunia Black Satin

Botanical Name: Petunia hybrida ‘Sweetunia Black Satin’

The black, trumpet-shaped flowers match really well with the overall light green foliage of the plant. It is also a great choice for hanging baskets!

25. Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’

The deep purple leaves of this plant look almost black. The trailing growth habit of the plant also makes it great for baskets!

26. Black Prince Echeveria

Botanical Name: Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

This compact succulent features rosette of black leaves. For the best color, make sure it gets plenty of direct sunlight.

Check out more beautiful varieties of Echeveria here

27. Enchanted Sunrise Begonia

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Botanical Name: Begonia ‘Enchanted Sunrise’

The dark-hued, chocolate color leaves of the plant look classy with lime-green veins. It can also be a great houseplant if you provide it the light sunlight exposure.

28. Pansy Black Beauty

Botanical Name: Pansy ‘Black Beauty’

This gorgeous bloom from the viola genus shows off pure black petals with a pretty yellow center.

29. Chat Noir Dahlia

Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’

This dahlia variety looks almost black due to burgundy petals. The flower grows up to 6-8 inches across and consists of black and red velvety petals.

30. Odessa Calla Lily

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Botanical Name: Calla Lily ‘Odessa’ (Zantedeschia)

Its trumpet-shaped black flowers look elegant with contrasting green leaves. Another hybrid variety, ‘Black Forest, ‘ looks spectacular with funnel-shaped deep violet blooms.

31. Green Wizard Coneflower

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Botanical Name: Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’

Also known as Western Coneflower, this distinct-looking flower features acorn-shaped purple-brown flowers that look almost black in color.

32. New York Night Hellebore

Botanical Name: Helleborus ‘New York Night’

These beautiful purple-black flowers have a creamy yellow center, and the blooms consist of 5 large petals up to 3-4 inches across.

33. Dark Dimension Hyacinth

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Botanical Name: Black Hyacinth ‘Dark Dimension’

‘Dark Dimension’ offers clusters of fragrant trumpet-shaped coal-black blooms that open in a tubular shape on short stems. One more award-winning variety – ‘Midnight Mystic’ has jet-black flowers.

34. Chocolate Cosmos

Botanical Name: Cosmos atrosanguineus

This perennial dark red flower has black elements. The dark maroon or chocolate brown petals almost look black to dark red.

Check out some stunning indoor plants with black striped leaves here

35. Hyacinth Dark Dimension

Botanical Name: Hyacinthus

This darkest variety shows off bell-shaped, tubular, deep-purple to black star-shaped blooms. It flowers for 2-3 weeks in mid-spring.

36. Blackout

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Botanical Name: Viola cornuta ‘Blackout’

‘Blackout’ is a herbaceous perennial, it flowers from spring to fall and offers true black blooms with a purple and yellow eye over green leaves.

37. Penny Black

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Botanical Name: Nemophila menziesii ‘Penny Black’

This low-growing annual is a spreading plant, it has five scalloped deep purple petals that appear black in color.

38. Black Barlow

Botanical Name: Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’

Also known as Granny’s Bonnet, ‘Black Barlow’ is short-living black perennial flower, it offers double blooms in deep plum to almost black color and resemble spikey pompoms.

39. Tropicanna Black

Botanical Name: Canna Lily ‘Tropicanna Black’

This tropical stunner produces rich scarlet blooms that slowly fade to orange, it is famous for large, dark, bronze, chocolate foliage. The plant flowers from mid-summer to fall.

40. Black Scallop

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Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’

Also known as Carpet Bulge, this perennial is admired for glossy black serrated leaves that look great the entire year. The plant also offers highly fragrant violet blooms.

41. Hillside Black Beauty

Botanical Name: Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’

This late-season flowering perennial is also known as Black Snakeroot, the leaves are extremely dark and bronze that appears black afar. During late summer, the plant offers mauve-pink bottlebrush blooms.

42. Black Knight Peperomia

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Botanical Name: Peperomia ‘Black Knight’

The black knight peperomia is the plant to grow if you love the dark shade! Make sure it gets plenty of bright light for that deep shade.

43. Black Rex Begonia

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Botanical Name: Begonia rex

Rex begonias come in a variety of shades and you can find many in deep purple or black hue. If you want the darkest of them all, grow “Black Mamba”.

44. Darth Vader

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Botanical Name: Billbergia x ‘Darth Vader’

Like its name, this plant is a show-stopper and will definitely remind you of the menacing character from Star Wars. It does best in plenty of bright light.

45. Geo Plant

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Botanical Name: Geogenanthus ciliatus

Nothing comes close to this specimen when it comes to the shade of black with a bright sheen. It can be a great coffee table plant.

46. Black Pearl Pepper

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Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’

Though peppers are always fiery, hot, and red, this one sticks out, thanks to its deep purple foliage that almost looks black!

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13 COMMENTS

  1. We’ll be adding a few of these to our landscaping recommendations – love #20 “The Bat Flower” the best, unfortunately it appears it won’t grow very well in Michigan – outdoors anyway… Thanks for the excellent article.

  2. There are a lot more of these “black” and real dark colored plants wish you would add all of them to the list. They are stunning.

  3. This perennial smolders in the summer garden, its dark black-purple leaves ignited by pink blooms on dark red stems. Like all sedums, ‘Night Embers’ is drought-tolerant and thrives in sun, although afternoon shade helps prevent leaf scorch in the warmest zones. Flower heads provide winter interest. Hardy in Zones 3-9.

  4. Looking to add some dark drama to your spring-blooming garden? Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ features deep, velvety purple flowers that contrast well with bright blue, orange and white spring blooms. Requires part to full sun. Hardy in Zones 2-8.

  5. I have the Blackie Potato vine & the Canna Lilies & I also have one that I didn’t see on here .. It’s the Black Dragon – the leaf looks like a dragons wing … I gets lots of compliments on that one …
    Corpus Christi, Texas

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