With Hallowe’en in sight, pumpkin sales are set to go through the roof, while houses and shops are festooned with fake blood, spiders’ webs, and skeletons. But how about enhancing your Hallowe’en décor with a few natural alternatives, such as some of the world’s spookiest looking plants?
Here, with the help of Suttons, which offers a range of vegetables seeds, we take a look at the quirky flowers that would complement any Hallowe’en display.
The Venus Fly Trap
Perhaps the most recognised of the ‘spooky plant’ collection, this carnivorous plant is native to the subtropical wetlands of America’s East Coast.
It’s a popular choice for quirky flower lovers and Charles Darwin once described the plant as ‘one of the most wonderful in the world’.
Anyone who has witnessed the fly-eating flower snapping shut on an unsuspecting insect will know why!
This very distinct plant is a great choice to ‘jazz’ up your Hallowe’en display. If it’s good enough for The Rocky Horror Show, then it should be good enough for any home’s décor during the scary season.
The Bat Flower
This peculiar black flower which closely resembles a bat blossoms in spring – which is unfortunate for Hallowe’en lovers.
In Malaysia, it’s known as the Devil’s Flower and many natives are afraid of looking into its ‘eyes’ in case death might follow!
But residents in the UK often buy this foliage because of its attractive ‘whiskers’ and orchid-like appearance.
Roses are red… but not always, sometimes they’re black! There are several types you can purchase, including Black Velvet roses, Black Magic roses, and Black Cherry roses, so add ‘darkness’ to your display with this quirky number.
The Corpse Flower
The nickname is derived from the repelling smell it gives off. Native to Sumatra’s equatorial rainforests, it has a pointy stalk and skirt-like covering, but only blooms for several days. It is at this moment that its odour is reminiscent of rotting flesh.
This rare flower, officially called titan arum, only blooms every couple of years, so unfortunately you may not be in luck for Hallowe’en, but perhaps even this plant is one step too far for your display!
The Bleeding Heart Plant
This organ shaped flower resembles that of a love heart.
The heart-shaped bloom appears to have a tear drop-esque petal which gives it its rather scary name. Normally a spring flower, if you are able to get a hold of them in the autumn months, they could provide the perfect backdrop for your Hallowe’en display.
The Brain Cactus
Matched thoughtfully with a skull-style plant pot, these vibrant green cactus plants would be a great contribution to the Halloween décor around your house. Its curvy stems all wrap around one another to create a round shape which makes this plant look a lot like the human brain!
The Chinese Lantern Flower
As well as being a spooky contribution to Halloween displays, these plants produce edible berries too!
They are easily spotted due to their delicate, bright orange covering that looks like a small pumpkin. As the fruit ages, this cover beings to waste away and this leaves a cage-like shell that appears to trap the berry inside.
These are only a small fraction of the world’s most scary and spooky plants. With others that have names such as Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Claw and Doll’s Eyes, the world is full of scary sounding — and looking — floral products.
But it’s not just plants and flowers that can make us shiver. So why not enhance your Hallowe’en experience this year by veering away from the norm and adding in some unusual products!