57 Black Flowers and Plants to Add Drama to Your Garden

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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.

These Black garden 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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Are There Black Flowers?

Wondering, Is there a black flower? The answer is yes! These flowers, while not truly black in the traditional sense, hold a special allure in the world of gardening. These unique blooms showcase dark, velvety hues ranging from deep purples and maroons to near-black shades that add a touch of drama and sophistication to gardens.

These enchanting blossoms, such as the Black Baccara Rose or the Queen of Night Tulip, stand out against their lush green surroundings, creating a striking visual contrast. Want some for your home, too? Read on and find out about Black flowers and plants!

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Black Flowers and Plants

1. Queen of Night Tulip

Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

Starting our Black flower images is the Queen of the Night tulip. Beautiful and dramatic, its flower appears in deep maroon in spring. This variety can be mixed with white or pink tulips or other Natural black 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 the seeds of Black petunia flower can be complicated and expensive. ‘Sophistica blackberry’ is an easier option with deep reddish or burgundy in color.

3. Onyx Odyssey Helleborus

Black flowers 3Botanical Name: Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’

Need some Black flower aesthetic? 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.

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4. 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 Black iris flower variety, ‘Before the Storm,’ offers the perfect flowers.

5. Diabolo Ninebark

Black flowers 5Botanical 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.

6. Black Baccara Rose

Black Baccara’ RoseBotanical Name: Rosa ‘Black Baccara’

This dramatic Black rose flower, 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

7. Wine and Roses

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Botanical Name: Weigela florida

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

8. Black Beauty Elderberry

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’

Another excellent choice among Black flower names is Sambucus nigra ‘Gerda,’ valued for its purple-black foliage, pink flowers, and juicy edible fruits.

9. 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.

10. Black Mondo Grass

Black flowers 10Botanical Name: Ophiopogon planiscapus

A wonderful alternative for warm climates is rock gardens, borders, or pots, this is a true beauty among Black plants and flowers. The ‘black mondo grass’ grows about 12-16 inches tall and can extend up to 6-12 inches wide.

11. Zwartkop Aeonium

Aeonium Arboreum 1Botanical Name: Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

This tall Black succulent flower 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.

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12. Arabian Night Dahlia

Black flowers 12Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’

The Black dahlia flower is the most beautiful of all cut flowers. ‘Arabian night’ is a Plant with black leaves and red flowers, known for its deep purple-red flowers that look almost black in shade.

13. 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.

14. Black Prince Coleus

Black flowers 12Botanical Name: Solenostemon ‘Black Prince’

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

Check out the best types of Coleus here

15. Silver Laced Primrose

Botanical Name: Primula ‘Silver Lace Black’

It produces flowers of black-brown color with scalloped white-silver edges and a golden center. The blooms of this Black and white flower are fragrant and appear in spring.

16. Black Coral Bell

Black flowers 16Botanical Name: Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

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

17. Bat Flower

Botanical Name: Tacca chantrieri

It is a unique, rare, and exotic flower that mimics a bat in flight, earning a special place among the Names of black flowers. The plant requires warm subtropical to tropical weather to thrive.

18. 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.

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19. Dark Reiter Geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’

Here’s another beautiful one of Black plants and flowers. The plum-black leaves of this geranium look almost black from a distance. Come summer, and the plant grows bright lilac blooms!

20. Red Rubin Basil

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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!

21. Sweetunia Black Satin

Botanical Name: Petunia hybrida ‘Sweetunia Black Satin’

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

22. Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

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Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’

The deep purple leaves of this plant look almost black. The trailing growth habit of this Plant with black stems and purple flowers also makes it great for baskets!

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23. Black Prince Echeveria

Botanical Name: Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

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

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24. Enchanted Sunrise Begonia

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Botanical Name: Begonia ‘Enchanted Sunrise’

The dark-hued, chocolate-colored 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.

25. Pansy Black Beauty

Botanical Name: Pansy ‘Black Beauty’

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

26. Chat Noir Dahlia

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Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’

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

27. Odessa Calla Lily

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Botanical Name: Calla Lily ‘Odessa’ (Zantedeschia)

Its trumpet-shaped Purple and black flowers look elegant with contrasting green leaves. Another hybrid variety, ‘Black Forest, ‘ looks spectacular with funnel-shaped deep violet blooms, and even its Black flower bulbs captivate from afar.

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28. Green Wizard Coneflower

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Botanical Name: Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’

Also known as Western Coneflower, these distinct-looking Black flowered plants feature acorn-shaped purple-brown flowers that look almost black in color.

29. New York Night Hellebore

Botanical Name: Helleborus ‘New York Night’

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

30. 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 dark flowers.

31. Chocolate Cosmos

Botanical Name: Cosmos atrosanguineus

This perennial Black cosmos flower is stunning. The dark maroon or chocolate brown petals almost look black to dark red.

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32. 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.

33. Penny Black

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Botanical Name: Nemophila menziesii ‘Penny Black’

This low-growing annual is a spreading one on our list of Black plants and flowers; it has five scalloped deep purple petals that appear black in color.

34. Black Barlow

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

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

35. Tropicanna Black Lily Flower

Botanical Name: Canna Lily ‘Tropicanna Black’

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

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36. Black Scallop

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Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’

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

37. Hillside Black Beauty

Botanical Name: Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’

These late-season Black flowering plants are also known as Black Snakeroot; the leaves are extremely dark and bronze and appear black from afar. During late summer, the plant offers mauve-pink bottlebrush blooms.

38. 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.

39. 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 hues. If you want the darkest of them all, grow “Black Mamba.”

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40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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! It is an amazing Plant with small white flowers and blackberries.

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43. Black Magic Hollyhock

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Botanical Name: Alcea rosea ‘Black Magic’

Add a touch of enchantment to your garden with tall stalks of striking dark-purple, almost dark flowers.

44. Black Diamond Crapemyrtle

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Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica ‘Black Diamond’

Want to create a dramatic contrast in your garden with Black plants and flowers? Go with the Black Diamond Crapemyrtle featuring deep burgundy foliage and vibrant red or pink blooms.

45. Black Lace Elderberry

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

Elevate your garden with elegant and lacy dark purple foliage, pink flowers, and, later, blackish-red berries for a sophisticated display.

46. Black Knight Scabiosa

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Botanical Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’

Create a beautiful focal point in your garden with deep maroon flowers standing tall on slender stems. They attract pollinators, too

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47. Black Orchid Flower

Botanical Name: Dracula vampira

This rare black orchid flower showcases velvety patterned black petals in a unique, intriguing appearance that surely adds drama to the garden.

48. Black Sweet Pea

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Botanical Name: Lathyrus odoratus ‘Black Knight’

The Black Sweet Pea is perfect for adding an elegant touch to any garden with delicate, fragrant flowers in a dark shade.

49. Black Bachelor’s Button

Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’

The Black Bachelor’s Button features thistle-like dark black blossoms on thin, wiry stems. These blooms attract bees and butterflies.

50. Black Cornflower

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Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Gem’

This beautiful Cornflower variety displays rich, black flowers that creates a stunning contrast in any floral arrangement or garden bed.

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51. ‘Diamond Head’ Elephant Ear

Botanical Name: Colocasia ‘Diamond Head’

This elephant ear cultivar is great for large containers or tropical-themed gardens. It displays impressive, dark foliage resembling black coral.

52. Black Magic Ti Plant

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Botanical Name: Cordyline fruticosa ‘Black Magic’

This tropical plant showcases deep burgundy to almost black leaves, providing an exotic and dramatic accent in indoor and outdoor settings.

53. Black Pothos

Botanical Name: Scindapsus treubii ‘Dark Form’

The Black Pothos is a trailing houseplant with purple-black, heart-shaped leaves. It has dark, glossy foliage contrasting beautifully with the silvery-green markings.

Check out everything about growing black pothos here

54. Black-Leafed Astilbe

Botanical Name: Astilbe chinensis ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

This variety is popular for its dark, almost black foliage. It creates a beautiful contrast with its feathery, purple plume-like flowers.

55. Black Lotus Flower

Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera ‘Black’

This aquatic plant with velvety blooms boasts dark-pigmented petals that rise gracefully above the water’s surface, creating a stunning contrast.

56. Black Hibiscus

Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Black’

The Black hibiscus flower is a tropical shrub that offers dark burgundy to nearly black blossoms with deep, velvety petals.

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57. Black Peony Flower

Botanical Name: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Black Beauty’

The Black Peony is a rare and exquisite perennial plant that showcases opulent, dark burgundy to nearly black blossoms. These velvety flowers appear in late spring and early summer.

Please note that while the flowers listed above are often called “black,” they typically exhibit deep shades of brown, purple, or maroon. True Plants with black flowers in nature are exceptionally rare. Additionally, some flowers, like the Black stone flower and Black locust flower, carry the name “black” but do not display black hues, so they were not included in this list.

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16 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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