14 Stunning Black Foliage Vines and Climbers

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Black Foliage Vines and Climbers introduce a sense of dark element to both indoors and gardens! A must have for any plant enthusiast!

Covering a bland wall or a fence with a trailing green plant is something what everyone does. How about adding black foliage vines and climbers to it for a dark tone? Sounds interesting? Well, we have the best specimens for you for this job!

Black Foliage Vines and Climbers

Do note that some plants on this list may not have ‘pure black’ foliage and may exhibit a deeper tone of purple or a mix of green and black hues. Also, we have creepers too in the list.

1. Sweet Caroline Jet Black Vine

Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas ‘Black Heart’

If its all black you want, this vine will surely tempt you! It grows fast, spreads beautifully, and does well in both sun and indirect light. What more you want?

2. Black Diamond Crape Myrtle

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Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica ‘Black Diamond’

How about adding a black foliage plant along your fence that also grows bright red flowers? Well, this one is a stunner, and showcases deep purple leaves.

3. Grace Smoke Tree


Botanical Name: Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’

Deep maroon and green leaves of this plant appear so dark from a distance that you will say it is truly black! Keep it where it gets plenty of bright light to make the color more intense.

4. Black Scallop Ajuga

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Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’

The black crinkled leaves of this plant have a trick up their sleeves—they are also glossy, which makes the show even better!

5. Bishop of Llandaff Dahlia

Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’

Though, this one is not a climber, it will impress you with its height, which, in the right growing conditions, can be 4-5 feet tall. It features deep purple-bronze foliage.

6. Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper

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Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum ‘Purple Flash’

Yes! These black foliage vines are the plants to have amongst other green ones in the garden to make these stand out like a focal point! They can be trained to climb easily.

7. Midnight Cascade Weigela

Botanical Name: Weigela ‘Midnight Cascade’

This creeper is a star spreader, and showcases deep purple foliage that appears black in bright light. It also grows matching pink flowers.

8. Purple Passion Vine

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Botanical Name: Gynura aurantiaca

It is deep purple, it is a vine, and it is quite good at what it is! Well, need we say more? The microscopic hair on its foliage gives it a velvety look, and makes it appear absolutely fantastic!

9. Purple Heart Plant

Botanical Name: Tradescantia pallida

Another deep purple plant on the list that appears black in bright light. This is a great trailing specimen that can be grown in the borders, or in hanging baskets!

10. Black Knight Butterfly Bush

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Botanical Name: Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’

If you want a star plant that can take over the borders of your garden, this is it! Its deep purple foliage shines with its matching, deep hued purple-pink flowers.

11. Dark Knight Bluebeard

Botanical Name: Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’

The plant is popular for its clusters of purple-blue flowers, you can also grow it for the magnificence of its deep green leaves that take a black-purple hue when they mature.

12. Sunsparkle Plum Dazzled Sedum

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Botanical Name: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Sunsparkle plum Dazzled’

These creeper is one of the star sedum varieties, and showcases deep purple foliage. The plant also produces clusters of pink flowers, which makes it look like a living bouquet!

13. Midnight Ghost Geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium pratense ‘Midnight Ghost’

These geraniums are different and how! The foliage of these plants are almost fern-like with deep cuts at the sides and have an intense purple hue, which makes them look almost black. You can easily train these to climb, too.

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