Natural black flowers were once thought to be only fantasy but now everyone can grow them in their gardens. Black flowers are wonderful additions to any garden to bring out the drama due to their dark colors.

18 Natural Black Flowers that Tickle Even the Darkest Hearts

A naturally black flower is a thing of beauty for gardeners looking for unusual blooms. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the list of some of the blackest blooms for your reading pleasure.

List of Natural Black Flowers

1. Black Dahlia 

The dark flowers of this species never fail to amaze onlookers. It may be due to the unusual colors that unfurl from the black flower, starting with a black center before unfolding into outer petals with its dark burgundy tones and shades.

Black Dahlia

The Arabian Night Dahlia is a darker red than black, which means if you prefer a bloodier or darker tones given to your dahlias, then this might be the one for you.

2. Black Roses 

Knowing that a rose is already beautiful as it is, think about a black rose that makes it even more special, as this particular color is very unusual in roses. While this cultivar is not yet fully black, hybridization efforts are ongoing to find the blackest types of rose to delight our gothic hearts.

Black Roses

The black Baccara rose has an extremely dark burgundy color that is only identifiable as such in bright light, but in natural light, it looks pure black. On the other hand, this rose appears to border on a soft, velvety petals. While we would like to imagine it also emits a strong fragrance, it does not, its special character is primarily the color.

3. Black Tulips 

Some people call this the night tulip, but the “Tulipa Cafe Noir” is definitely darker than the night. Simple, elegant, but highly mysterious, this black tulip never fails to delight the darkest hearts. We wonder how cultivators were even able to grow this black flower in the first place, because it has a unique and appealing look.

Black Tulips

Tulips are some of the easiest plants to grow; however, if you’re in the mood to cultivate black tulips, then prepare your garden for them. In addition, you can plant them in the center of your garden, or line them along your borders to frame other plants.

4. Blackberry Petunia 

The Sophistica blackberry petunia is a gorgeous variant of the petunia family with velvety black blossoms. Each black flower contrasts fantastically with the bright green leaves of the petunia. However, when it is in the blooming stage, this particular cultivar is a huge garden attraction for many.

The Sweetunia black satin is another great petunia plant option if you’re in the market for black blossoms. Surprisingly, there are a lot of petunias out there that produce black blossoms. One can already imagine cultivating these gothic flowering plants in white country cottage gardens, which is the vibrant look that would be added.

Blackberry Petunia

The Black Velvet petunia is another amazing black flower that a plant lover just wouldn’t get enough of. Most gardeners associate petunias with bright colorful blossoms, so it’s a treat when we see black blooms on a petunia plant.

However, we love growing these in hanging baskets, as they serve their best quality as such. This way, they look like trailing black jewels on a bed of emerald foliage. It’s something out of a fairy tale, and we bet you’d agree that this plant definitely belongs in an enchanted garden.

5. Black Asiatic Lily

“Black Charm” is one of the darkest blossoms that the Asiatica lilies produce. There are other dark lilies in the Lilium family, but Black Charm is the darkest so far. However, note that if you’re looking for more black lilies for your garden, you have plenty of other options.

Black Asiatic Lily

Some of them include Landini, Midnight Mystery, Black Wizard, Black Pearl, and Dark Secret. You may even add a pop of color along with the black shade as you add the Lion Heart, which has a dark inner center that eventually turns into a golden yellow at the edges of the petal.

6. Black Calla Lily 

The Zantedeschia black bloom is a gorgeously dark variant of calla lilies. Also known as Black Star, this cultivar is a wonderful calla lily if you’re looking to fill a bare spot in your garden with a sea of black and fluted flowers. These blooms starting summer to fall.

Black Calla Lily

You must keep in mind that some cultivars of calla lilies can be invasive in some states. If you’re planning to grow some in your garden, and then it’s best to consult with your local environmental agencies. Otherwise, your calla lilies will grow well in bright light and well-hydrated soil.

7. Black Cosmos 

Everyone keeps talking about the dark beauty of the Chocolate cosmos, but very few know about the Black Magic cosmos, because of their color. We love how the inky flowers pop up unexpectedly, especially for people who think that the flowers are in the typical colors of white, yellow, and red.

Black Cosmos

Try growing the Black Magic cosmos along hedges and borders for that pop of darkness, and to give it an elevated appearance.

Note that they will easily frame your garden, allowing your eyes to wander over other plants without experiencing eye strain. In addition, you may even plant this along with the brown chocolate variant to make your garden pop-up even more.

8. Black Barlow 

Aquilegia Nora Barlow is known for its charming flowers shaped like bonnets with long slender spurs. The wonderfully dark flowers are also known as granny bonnets due to their shape and are also known commonly as columbines. Even though they are most often found in traditional cottage gardens, however, the black varieties are not as common.

Black Barlow

Every gardener or flower enthusiast loves growing this perennial, even if it is short-lived. The great aspect about this plant is that it self-seeds right after flowering.

Since they form a clumping habit, you can divide them every three to five years to allow them room to breathe, as you repot them. In addition, a little mulching really helps them stay healthy, especially if you add compost or well-rotted manure.

9. Black Hollyhock 

Often it is even known as Black Knight, the hollyhock cultivar Alcea rosea is actually spelled Blacknight. In addition, it could be that people just immediately associate Gotham’s Dark Knight with this flower.

Black Hollyhock

What you must remember is that this perennial hollyhock would make a wonderful plant against a white background. When in bright sunlight, the flowers turn a dark burgundy color that is similar to thick blood. However, you can grow this beauty with the black flower to keep your garden wonderfully gothic.

10. Black Helllebore 

Known as the Lenten Rose, hellebore plants normally produce bright and vibrant flowers. Some do get into dark purples and maroons, but finding one with black flowers is a rare treat that makes our black hearts happy. Known scientifically as Helleborus, these plants start blooming in early to mid-spring.

The blackest hellebore flowers come from a cultivar known as Midnight Ruffles. The petals are velvety, black, and gently ruffled.

Black Helllebore

The pale-yellow stamens stand out in a sea of black petals. However, you should handle these with care as the plants contain some toxins.

Another favorite cultivar is York Night, with its amazing black flower. However, if you want to add more dark hellebores to your collection, try the Onyx Odyssey to complete your black flower group, as the colors would go great together. 

11. Rudbeckia Occidentalis 

This plant is commonly known as the western coneflower, although the cones are the ones that are actually black. The flowers are minute and only open in yellow, pink, or purple colors. However, you can always pick the black cones right before they flower to make your flower arrangements more dramatic.

Rudbeckia Occidentalis

What we love about this perennial plant is that it is so easy to grow. Keeping in mind that they belong to the aster family, all they need are the most basic plant care, and they will quickly thrive and flower.

12. Bat Flower 

If anything, this plant should have been the one called The Dark Knight, and this is because each black blossom has black whiskers spraying out from the center although the plant looks extremely unusual and almost alien. On the other hand, scientifically it is called Tacca chantrieri.

Bat Flower

Used to hot and humid conditions, this plant grows easily in many parts of tropical Southeast Asia. If you live in a location that has temperate climate, then you should provide similar conditions to cultivate this plant successfully.

13. Black Bearded Iris 

The Iris germanica named primarily “Before the Storm” and it is the blackest flower we have found in the iris family. Second is as “The Ghost Train,” with its dark petals conjuring magic and mystery. These irises are very easy plants to grow, so you might want to plant some iris plants with black blooms to make your spring garden a bit different from usual.

Black Bearded Iris

Note that you can grow these black irises along with purple ones to keep your garden dreamy yet enigmatic. A huge plus if you manage to get one with a strong fragrance.

14. Black Pansy 

Black pansies are some of the showiest flowers, even if they come in dark colors. The scientific name for pansies is Viola, and the Viola cornuta has flowers in colors of every kind, especially the darker shades are the most vibrant ones. 

Black Pansy

However, some gardeners’  favorite cultivars are Sorbet Black Delight and Molly Sanderson. As these two cultivars produce black flowers that are sure to catch the eye. Plant them with pansies of other colors or with other plants with black blossoms for more floral drama.

15. Moulin Rouge Sunflower 

We thought sunflowers came in yellows, oranges, and reds, but apparently, they also come in black. Having petals that are dark as the night, these sunflowers manage to combine optimism and mystery in one black blossom.

Moulin Rouge Sunflower

Grow this black sunflower as you would with other cultivars. Provide it with plenty of sunshine in well-draining soil, and you’re good to go.

16. Black Pussy Willow 

If you love cats, then this plant with the furry flowers that look like black paws might just tickle your fancy. We can imagine a modern witch or wizard growing this plant to harvest for cut flowers or just decorate their homes and gardens.

Black Pussy Willow

You may easily cultivate this magical plant in moist, well-draining soil and full sun. In addition, it can grow up to six feet, but you can keep it short by pruning it regularly.

17. Persian Lily 

This plant belongs to the lily family and scientifically that known as Fritillaria persica, this plant is grown in many gardens for its dark hooded flowers that resemble bells. These lilies are a great option if you’re looking for black nodding blossoms in the summer.

Persian Lily

Note that this plant is native to Middle Eastern countries, such as Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Despite its origins, the plant can be found in other countries, such as Italy and United States with its very dark petals blooming around in late spring time.

18. Geranium Phaeum 

While the Cranesbill geranium is purple, the Raven cultivar produces very dark blooms. This perennial blends exceptionally well with pastel blooms as well as dark-colored flowers in the garden. We love placing these between areas with black blossoms and light-colored ones.

Geranium Phaeum

The gradient coloration provides a harmonious change to each other, especially when all the plants are in blooming phase. This plant makes an amazing transitional hedge, although you can grow it as it is.


Whether you enjoy looking at them or growing them, plants with black blossoms are some of nature’s miracles. These plants are very unique, they aren’t like anything you will see on a typical day, they have the darkest color of petals, and would bring out a special kind of elegance to them.

Now that you’ve seen plants that are bound to satisfy your dark gothic aesthetics, you can begin planning your dream dark-themed garden!

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