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10 Nearly-Black Flowers + Plants

Jun 22, 2020

Although often categorized as black flowers and plants, most black varieties are actually hues of nearly-black, purple-black, or deep burgundy-black. But, that’s just a technicality for most of us. Regardless of their technical color, flower lovers covet black varieties for their velvety petals and name references to chocolate, ebony, and dark nights. What captivates us about the darkest flowers and plants? Certainly, the drama and interest created by their presence draws us in for a closer look. Whether tucked into a bouquet, planted in a special corner of the garden, or sitting on an office desk, the darkest flowers and plants seem to captivate even non-flower lovers. Here are ten of our favorites!

Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily)

A handful of black fritillaria also known as Persian lily

Cut Flowers by Clear Ridge | Local Color Flowers

Compote arrangement of red ranunculus, green hellebore, and black fritillaria

Denise Fasanello Flowers (see step-by-step instructions on how to make this design – click here)

Anastasia Benko

Terre Studio

Farmer florist Jennie Love, owner of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers says this about Fritillaria persica: “Stems can fetch as much as $28 each in the New York City market. But the bulbs are pricey (up to $8 each depending on your supplier), can be short-lived if you don’t know how to treat them, and usually only put up one nice stem their first year in the ground. All of which makes the cost of this particular fritillaria as a cut flower high.”  (read more)

Black flower stem known as Persian Lily

Grown by Jo Flowers


Flower farmer holding an armful of black scabiosa flower

Adene’s Farm Flowers (‘Black Night‘ scabiosa)

Trille Floral | Angelus Silk & Paper


Flower farmer Adene holding a bunch of black dahlia flowers

Adene’s Farm Flowers (Dahlia ‘Jowey Mirella‘)

3 Leaf Floral | Blue Door Farm | Stonewood Rentals + Events | La Tavola Fine Linen

Heather Page | Academy Florist


Black hellebore bloom

‘New York Night’ hellebore from Kristen Griffith VanderYacht

Max Gill Design (black hellebore layered over tiny black fritillaria) | Jered’s Pottery

Heirloom Design House | Madie McKay Photography | Smith + James Events

Max Gill Design (Orientalis ‘Black Diamond’ hellebore)


Wild Flower Grace

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Max Gill Design (Pittosporum tenuifolium without the foliage mixed with ‘Black Diamond’ hellebore and ‘Orientalis Mix’ hellebore)


Sofia Ferreira Brancoprata | Brancoprata | Andre Teixeira

FridaKim Flowers

Preserved Rose

The Floral Reserve

Chocolate Cosmos

Heather Page | Academy Florist

Black flowers known as chocolate cosmos

“Fresh off the truck” from Mayesh Brannan St

Alluring Blooms

Pineapple Petals Studio

Bouquet of white ranunculus, black dahias, and chocolate cosmos held by woman in taupe and white gingham dress

Amber Reverie Design | Honey Silks & Company


Black Mambo begonia plant

Room For Plants (Begonia ‘Black Mambo‘)

  1. Margie says:

    This was AWESOME! Thank you for sharing and adding to the collaboration out here in the trenches.

  2. Sheri says:

    These are so delicious. Thank you for posting.


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