The magic and mystery of our top 10 black flowers

by Stefania Del Zotto on December 2, 2012

black flower arrangement interfloraBlack flowers are mysterious, elegant and seem to come straight from some fairytale world. In reality there are no truly black flowers – most are very dark shades of purple or red.

They symbolise power, mystery, elegance, farewell and goodbye. Often the romantic message of black flowers is a negative one, so these should probably be saved for break-ups. However, a single black flower along with a gift of some sort could be a powerful romantic gesture with a hint of mystery.

A pure black flower is the Holy Grail to all flower breeders. To achieve one would be something truly special.
In Victorian and Edwardian times people used to collect black flowers and would go to many lengths to find the most exotic species.

Take a look at our list of the top 10 black flowers (photo at the top by Design Sponge).

Black Dahlia

These are actually a very deep burgundy or sometimes a chocolate colour, but some can be darker than others. They all look stunning in bouquets or as part of a centrepiece.

black-dalia-interflora{ The Treasured Petal }

Chocolate Cosmos
These are another deep red flower. They can be grown in your own garden – all they need is well-draining soil and full sun. They are particularly loved for their scent of vanilla and hot chocolate.

chocolate-cosmos-interflora{ Studio Choo }

Hellebore
These flowers are often called Christmas roses because they flower during winter. They come in all sorts of colours, including a dark brownish red. Their leaves can also be very dark too.

hellebore-christmas-rose-interflora{ Studio G }

Pansy
The black pansy is such a dark purple that it looks almost completely black. Other varieties have colourful petals with a black spot close to the middle of the flower. These little flowers are hardy and brilliant at brightening up any garden (depending on which colour you get). The black pansy is also said to attract love to one who carries it.

black-pansies-interflora{ Johnnye Merle’s Gardens }

Black Lily
These stunning, showy flowers are a dark purple-red and look fantastic in bouquets. Black lilies could be grown outdoors, too, and could make a great focal point in your garden.

black-daylilly-interflora{ Wendy Merle }

Calla Lily
These are very, very dark flowers that look black but are either maroon or purple. They are much rarer than white calla lilies and can often be hard to get hold of. They look fantastic in bouquets and make a very elegant statement.

blackcallas-interflora{ Growing with plants }

Queen of the Night Tulip
These beautiful tulips are a dark purple. They are grown because they bloom late and provide some colour once all other plants have stopped flowering.

black-tulips-queen-of-the-night{ Floral Verde }

Bat Orchid
This fantastic black flower has whiskers dangling down from its centre. These have earned it the name of the bat orchids. It should be grown in a hot conservatory, as it loves heat and humidity.

bat-flower-interflora{ DahMing Chen }

Black Magic Hollyhock
These blue-black, tall, stately plants look good in any garden. They should be planted at the back of borders to give a beautiful classic garden look. They flower mid to late summer.

black-hollyhock-flower-interflora{ Shouko Yamamoto }

Black Velvet Petunia
This was the world’s first all-black petunia. These look good in pots in the garden alongside brighter coloured varieties of the petunia. There is another called Pinstripe that is black with a yellow stripe down the centre of each petal.

black-velvet-petunia-interflora{ Sarah Bernier }


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Stefania Del Zotto

I joined Interflora in May 2011. On the blog I will write about creative flower related top lists, how-to guides, interviews with experts, news on flower festivals and events. I am Italian, originally from the Venice area, and I moved to the UK three years ago to follow my love. I’m a creative person, I love cinema, photography, cats and all that is vintage! I’m a friend, daughter and sister. I speak Italian, English and I’m now studying Spanish.

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jon gibby 17 Jun 2012 at 2:22 am

just today june16-could not believe when my partner came home with a black petunia . i immediately said it wouldn’t really be black—probably purple. Believe me it really is black —velvety black. I had always understood that the first person to create a black rose would be an automatic millionaire —what is going on here and where do I go to collect/? I didn’t create it but shhhhhh!!

bibekanand 28 Jul 2012 at 1:49 pm

are there totally black flower in this world?

rufina forbes 16 Jan 2013 at 5:23 am

flowers are really beautiful. never knew there were flowers so dark. i am astonished by seeing these flowera

Kirsten Tona 04 Oct 2013 at 2:11 am

The native black Kangaroo Paw is very striking. The flower is more green, covered in fine black hairs, it’s perfect if you want something tall, black and spiky in a bouquet.
Looks wonderful in the garden.

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