Petunia Black Velvet

What are gothic flowers? Well, since a lot of you have had your say on social media about whether flowers can be truly black, the term ‘gothic’ seems an apt replacement.

Gothic flowers are flowers that appear black in a certain light. Or if you squint a bit. They have an allure that you probably won’t get from a Begonia or a Marigold. A certain dark magic!

I’ve picked 13 of my favourite gothic flowers – I’m sure I don’t have to explain why I picked the number 13 – and listed them below. Have a browse and let me know in the comments section what your favourite is!

Iris chrysographes

Black flowers: Iris chrysographes

Fritillaria persica

Fritillaria persica

Aquilegia Black Barlow

Black flowers: Aquilega Black Barlow

Pulsatilla rubra subsp. hispanica

Black flowers: Pulsatilla rubra subsp hispanic

Viola Molly Sanderson


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Petunia Black Velvet

Petunia Black Velvet

Kennedia nigricans

Black flowers: Kennedia nigricans

Hellebore Black

Black flowers -hellebore

Tulip Continental

Black flowers: Tulip continental

Alcea nigra

Black flowers: Alcea nigra

Tacca chantrieri – Bat Plant

Black flower: Tacca chantrerei

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Hyacinth Midnight Mystic


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Lily Landini

Black flowers: Lily Landini
Spooky, mysterious or magical, these plants are definitely a force of nature!
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  • Allison Headington

    Very nice because i am more of a orange and yellows

    May 5, 2019
    • Pinque

      Doesn’t that defeat the point of the article though?

      March 13, 2023
  • Shelly

    Wow! I never knew there were so many black flowers! Thanks and I think I’ll try one or two. :}

    July 16, 2020
  • Pinque

    You should have included sweet potato plants! Those beautiful black cascading leaves are amazing!

    March 13, 2023

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