29 Black Flowers and Plants

Gorgeously goth black plants add high drama to your garden.

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‘Cantor Black’

‘Cantor Black’ is native to South Africa and features tall, upright blooms with a glossy deep purple/black hue. Perfect for gardens of any size and containers. 

Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' is a mondo grass cultivar which is noted for its purplish-black leaves, bell-shaped pink flowers and globular bluish-black berries.

'Zwartkop' Succulent Features Nearly Black Rosettes

The Aeonium 'Zwartkop' is a multi-branching succulent that adds a dramatic note with its near-black rosettes.

'Red Star' Plant

Cordyline australis 'Red Star' features burgundy red sword-like leaves making it an outstanding choice. Use it as a focal point in your landscape or in large containers. Fragrant white flowers top the plant's stems in early summer.

Black Bamboo Shows Arching Stems in Glossy Black

Phyllostachys nigra, Black Bamboo, has jet black culms and feathery green leaves. It will grow to 35 feet in height. New green culms emerge every spring and gradually turn black. This black bamboo can be shaped to form a dense privacy hedge or screen.

'Red Rubin' Basil

'Red Rubin' is a beautiful red leaf basil that grows and tastes like sweet Italian basil but has purplish red leaves. It's great to add color to salads or vinegar.

The Queen

The 'Queen of Night' has deep purple-black single flowers that contrast well with light blue forget-me-nots.

Chocolate Lily

Despite its name, the chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) has a notoriously unpleasant odor. The dark purple flowers appear in early summer.

Curtain Call

'Black Parrot' has dramatically flaring, deep purple petals that are almost black inside. The dark color is perfect for contrasting with light-hued flowers.

Metallica Succulent

The Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica produces short spikes of red flowers in the summer above huge purple rosettes.


‘Prunella’ features black petals with a vibrant purple and yellow center and adds depth and dimension to any garden. 

Cranesbill Geranium

Geranium phaeum, also known as Dusky Cranesbill and Black Widow, is a good plant for damp shade. Late spring and early summer flowers are deep purple, maroon or white. It will quickly spread to form a hummock of foliage that is excellent for suppressing weeds.

'Black Hollyhock'

'Black Hollyhock' features blooms of deep maroon-black color on tall stems. 

Petunia 'Sweetunia Black Satin'

'Sweetunia Black Satin' features nearly solid black trumpet shape blooms amongst bright green foliage. 

Dahlia ‘Happy Days Purple’

'Happy Days Purple’ features black foliage with bright pink blooms. 

Black Elephant’s Ear and Petunias

Black elephant’s ear contrasts beautifully with pink petunias in this summer container.

'Indigo Rose' Tomato

'Indigo Rose' was bred at Oregon State University and is the first truly purple tomato offered to home gardeners. It was created to maximize healthy anthocyanins, flavonoids that possibly have antioxidant effects in humans. The fruit on 'Indigo Rose' is as dark as an eggplant. For the best flavor, don't pick the fruit too soon. It needs time to develop the acids and sugars to taste its best.

Black Garden, Chelsea Flower Show

An award-winning designer at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show in London created a creepy yet beautiful black garden, including the dark Heuchera 'Amethyst Myst'.

Black Bearded Iris 'Hello Darkness'

In the never-ending search for the blackest black flower, this spring-blooming tall bearded iris remains a standard.

Black Pearl Pepper

This compact pepper has near-black foliage and mature berries, which are edible but hotter than the hinges of Hades!

Black Phormium Tenax 'All Black'

In the foliage accent world, 'All Black' is one of the darkest Phormiums around and very dramatic in a pot with other dark plants.

Black Elderberry Sambucus Nigra

This dramatic large shrub has deep dark ferny foliage offset by stunning flat discs of pinkish-white flowers in mid- to late-summer.

'Blackie' Sweet Potato

The ornamental sweet potato named 'Blackie' is an almost-rampant summer groundcover or cascading container plant with deep burgundy leaves and attractive late summer flowers—plus an edible tuber in the fall!

Dark Burgundy Millet and Tropicanna Canna

Of the several dark-foliage ornamental grasses, the annual grain called millet has several with near-black foliage and seed heads, making it very dramatic as an accent specimen or mass-planting.

Dark Angel Hydrangea

Talk about a gloomy plant - until it flowers, that is! This new Hydrangea macrophylla brightens the shade garden with its color-popping flowers.

Black Ligularia dentata 'Britt Marie Crawford'

Deep and dark foliage contrasted with brilliant flowers makes this shade-loving perennial a must for the dramatic border or Goth garden!

Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'

Ajuga is a commonplace groundcover, but this dark, coppery-burgundy one makes a great foil to taller or spiky-foliage dark plants such as black mondo grass.

Actea Simplex

Previously named Cimicifuga, the native perennial 'Prichards Giant' cultivar has deep dark foliage topped by pinkish white flower wands in mid to late summer, and is perfect as a dark accent in either sun or part shade.

Calathea crocata

Unless you garden in the subtropics of the Gulf Coast, Southwest, or Hawaii, this dramatic, shade-loving dark tropical plant is best kept in a container outdoors and brought indoors over the winter.

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