15 Gorgeous Black Flowers: A Guide to Rare Beauty

BY Khushvinder Dagar
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Are you a FLOWER FANATIC ready to add mystery and sophistication to your garden? You MUST check out this article about BLACK FLOWERS.

I’ll show you different types of black flowers to make your neighbors GREEN with envy.

At AsterGardening, we’re all about FLOWERS and GARDENS! I have picked out some of the most STUNNING black flowers.

They will INSPIRE you to create your own dark and moody garden.

This article gives you the KNOWLEDGE and CONFIDENCE to try black flowers.

So, let’s DIVE into the good stuff!

I will showcase some of the UNIQUE varieties of BLACK FLOWERS. Get ready to discover the ALLURE of DARK flowers and BLACK roses.

Black Flowers

What is the Most Rare Flower Color?

What is the Most Rare Flower Color

Did you know that BLACK and BLUE flowers are the RAREST? Yup, it’s TRUE! And it’s for a GOOD reason.

The STUFF that makes flowers black is ANTHOCYANIN (a rare substance for flowers). It’s mostly COMMON in leaves, fruits, and veggies!

For flowers to have BLACK petals, it’s MUST have a ton of anthocyanin. That’s why black flowers are SUPER rare and SUPER cool!

Black roses and flowers have this whole vibe of mystery and allure that others DON’T have.

Plus, black flowers are SOPHISTICATED. They make a statement in any GARDEN or floral arrangement.

Adding some black flowers to your garden can be TOUGH. So, you know where to START, right?

Well, no WORRIES!

I’ve got some AMAZING black flower RECOMMENDATIONS just for you! Let’s get your GARDEN looking STUNNING!

List of 15 Gorgeous Black Flowers

This AWESOME list of 15 SUPER cool black flowers to make your GARDEN look even MORE amazing.

Ready to DIVE in? Let’s CHECK them out!

1. Queen of Night Tulip

Queen of Night Tulip

Queen of the Night Tulip is the DEFINITION of stunning and belongs to the Liliaceae family. It’s ORIGINALLY from the Middle East, but now you can have it in your garden too!

Its dark PURPLE-BLACK petals make it stand out from regular tulips. Queen of Night ADDS a touch of mystery and sophistication to your garden.

Queen of the Night tulips CONTRASTS well with spring flowers like daffodils. The dark petals against the brightly colored flowers make your garden POP!

2. Black Baccara Rose

Black Baccara Rose

This BAD BOY (Black Rose) is from the Rosaceae family and originally comes from France.

This black magic rose has some COOL, DARK, RED velvety petals. That LOOKS almost black – it’s definitely a showstopper!

And to top it off, Black Baccara Rose also has a SUPER NICE fragrance. So, you can experience these velvety black petals with a SUBTLE aroma.

They need PLENTY of sunlight and WELL-DRAINED soil to stay happy. From my experience, PRUNING Black Magic Rose makes them GROW more healthy than ever.

But let me tell you, the Black Magic Rose will surely add some SERIOUS ELEGANCE to your garden! Don’t miss out on this BEAUTY!

3. Black Bat Flower

Black Bat Flower

Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri) is COOL and makes a statement in any garden. Bat Orchid is a part of the Dioscoreaceae family from Southeast Asia.

Bat Flower has long, thin BRACTS that look just like BAT WINGS! How awesome is that? And these bracts have such a DARK PURPLE-BLACK color, which stands out.

Bat Orchid flowers are SMALL and are HIDDEN within the bracts. But don’t let that fool you – they’re still amazing!

Ensure providing WELL-DRAINING SOIL and keeping warm with consistent moisture for growing them. But trust me; the effort is worth it!

4. Black Mondo Grass

Black Mondo Grass

Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus) hails from JAPAN. It belongs to the Asparagaceae family.

It’s SUPER PRETTY, with little STAR-SHAPED flowers that come out in the summertime. The flowers are usually pink or lavender, but that’s not even the COOLEST part!

This plant’s FOLIAGE is what STANDS OUT because it’s so black. It’s seriously UNIQUE and will definitely make a statement in your garden.

Plus, the BEST part is that it’s EASY to care for. You grow it in full sun or partial shade; it won’t need much ATTENTION.

5. Purple Calla Lily

Purple Calla Lily

The Purple Calla Lily, aka Zantedeschia aethiopica, comes from Southern Africa. It is part of the Araceae family, bearing BELL-SHAPED FLOWERS.

It’s a TALL plant, reaching 2-3 feet, with trumpet-like flowers. The DARK black to DEEP purple flowers is a SIGHT to the eyes.

And let’s not forget about the FOLIAGE of Calla Lilies. It is DOPE with its DARK GREEN color and can grow up to 1-2 feet long.

Due to its unique dark purple flowers, it is PERFECT for weddings and fancy events.

I really LIKE these Chocolate Lilies for their FLORAL ARRANGEMENT and FLOWER SHAPE. Taking CARE of and GROWING them is a fun part that I enjoyed.

6. Black Velvet

Black Velvet Petunia

Want to ADD some REAL pizzazz to your GARDEN? Check out the Black Velvet Petunia (Petunia x hybrida). This FLOWER is the BEE’S KNEES, I tell ya!

These amazing pure black petals will make you say “WOWZA” whenever you see them!

These BEAUTIES bloom during the summer months and keep going until fall. It means you’ll have a stunning showstopper in your garden for ages!

I always have them in my garden for SUBTLE floral display. The aesthetic appeal and velvety petals of these decorative flowers are amazing. 

7. Dark Dimension Hyacinth

Dark Dimension Hyacinth

Dark Dimension Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) is a REAL BEAUTY. It is a part of the Asparagaceae family, ORIGINALLY from the Eastern Mediterranean.

Picture it: deep purple-black BLOOMS and light green FOLIAGE – talk about making a statement!

PLUS, this babe is no diva – it’s super easy to care for! The flowers BLOOM in the spring, and the FRAGRANCE is sweet, making your garden smell like a dream.

Dark Dimension Hyacinth is the PERFECT PICK for a SHOW-STOPPING flower. The cool part is it’s low-maintenance and EASY on the eyes.

8. Penny Black

Penny Black

WANT to give your GARDEN a one-of-a-kind VIBE? You gotta check out the Penny Black (Nigella damascena)! It’s this GORGEOUS plant with DARK flowers and JET-BLACK petals.

This Buttercup family member comes from SOUTHERN Europe and SOUTHWEST Asia. Its ELEGANT blooms are GUARANTEED to TURN HEADS in your garden.

Seriously, this spectacular flower looks like a STAR with a CREAMY YELLOW center!

And the BEST PART? These BAD BOYS are SIMPLE to grow from seed and don’t need much upkeep once established.

So why not add this BLACK FLOWER to your collection? Don’t miss out!

9. Black Hellebore

Black Hellebore

Black Hellebore (Helleborus niger) originates from EUROPE. This black beauty is known for its COMPLETELY badass black blooms.

These blooms are no joke, with FIVE petals that GIVE them a bold and striking look. Plus, they LAST for a long time – from LATE winter all the way through to EARLY spring.

You enjoy this black beauty in your garden EVERY year. You can get a very FULL FLOWER with a LITTLE love and attention!

10. Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate Cosmos

Hey there! Do you DIG chocolate and flowers? Then you GOTTA check out the Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus).

This BAD BOY is a PERENNIAL plant from Mexico that’s part of the Asteraceae family. It has a COOL floral look, like a SUPER RICH chocolate brown color.

This plant is the ultimate showstopper and will TOTALLY spruce up any garden.

It’s the PERFECT TREAT for pollinators like bees and butterflies, so it’s a win-win for you and them. 

And to top it all off, it’s pretty LOW-MAINTENANCE and can THRIVE in full sun or partial to deep shade.

11. Midnight Ruffles

Midnight Ruffles

Midnight Ruffles is a seriously unique and dramatic flower. So, the Midnight Ruffles is PART of the Asteraceae family and comes from Mexico.

The best part? It’s got this AWESOME velvety PURPLE color that is SUPER eye-catching. And the RUFFLED petals give it this COOL textured appearance you’ll love.

This BEAUTY blooms from mid-summer to early fall and can grow up to 36 inches tall. That’s pretty TALL.

The BLACK beauty still looks great in any garden bed or container garden. You can create a garden that SCREAMS elegance and sophistication with these flowers.

12. Arabian Night Dahlia

Arabian Night Dahlia

Arabian Night Dahlia is seriously stunning and belongs to the Asteraceae family. It ORIGINALLY comes from Mexico and Central America.

Its DARK red, DEEP burgundy color makes it super mysterious and elegant. Plus, its LONG and SLENDER petals are totally dramatic.

Believe me, this Black Dahlia will make a STATEMENT in your garden. My EXPERIENCE is that it can grow up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide!

But don’t worry, taking care of it is a BREEZE. This dark red flower is perfect for both NEWBIES and EXPERIENCED gardeners.

13. New York Night Hellebore

New York Night Hellebore

If you’re looking for a flower that SCREAMS “New York City,” check out the New York Night Hellebore.

This flower is SERIOUSLY cool! It comes from the Ranunculaceae family, ORIGINALLY from Europe and Asia. 

But the best part? Its COLOR is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.

The petals are so DEEP purple-gray that they almost look BLACK. The BRIGHT yellow stamens in the middle TOTALLY pop against the dark background.

It’s modern and sleek and will make a STATEMENT in any garden. It BLOOMS early in the spring, and its foliage stays green all year.

14. Black Coral Bell

Black Coral Bell

YO! Are you looking for something cool and fancy to add to your garden? Check out the Black Coral Bell!

This plant is part of the Saxifrage family and can be found NATIVELY in North America.

It’s got stunning BLACK foliage and dainty WHITE-PINK flowers blooming in early summer. It’s a small plant for borders, rock gardens, or container planting.

The best part is that it’s LOW-MAINTENANCE and doesn’t NEED much watering or attention. How rad is that?!

The Black Coral Bell will totally make your garden look stunning and sophisticated.

15. Black Bearded Iris

Black Bearded Iris

Black Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) got a serious style. It has super-DARK purple petals and BRIGHT yellow “beards” that BLOOM in late spring and early summer.

Not only is Iris Before The Storm totally stunning, but it’s also pretty TOUGH.

It’s part of the Iridaceae family. That means a HARDY perennial can handle SERIOUS heat and DROUGHT.

The Iris Before The Storm is popular for CUT FLOWERS to show off your green thumb indoors.

Plus, Black Iris is a perfect CENTERPIECE for your flower beds. Imagine how chic it would look SURROUNDED by bright green foliage! 

FAQs about Black Flowers

1. Why are black flowers so rare?

Truly Black flowers are rare because they do not contain the pigment anthocyanin. This pigment is responsible for most flower colors. Instead, black flowers often have very dark shades or very dark red hues.

2. What is the darkest flower in the world?

The Black Velvet is the blackest flower in the world. This plant is popular among gardeners and is known for its striking dark color. The Black Velvet Petunia has remarkable traits making it a unique flower.

3. What is a gothic flower?

Gothic flowers are typically dark colored with either purple or black hues. They are often associated with the Gothic subculture. They are common for an elegant atmosphere at weddings, funerals, and other events.

4. Why can’t plants be black?

Plants cannot be black because they do not contain any pigments that absorb all light. The pigment responsible for black flowers is black, which does not exist in plants. Instead, plants with dark leaves or flowers often have deep purple or dark burgundy hues.

What’s Next

Did you know that BLACK FLOWERS are really RARE? They’re HARD to find because of the lack of anthocyanin pigments.

But they look so COOL that people REALLY want them in their GARDENS. And guess what? You can totally GET your hands on some!

Whether you’re into GOTHIC vibes or want something EXOTIC, there’s a black flower out there.

These 15 black flowers will add serious DRAMA and ELEGANCE to your garden.

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Khushvinder Dagar

Hey, I'm Khushvinder. I am a marketer by profession but love the feeling of getting my hands dirty and watching plants grow and have a particular interest in native plants and sustainable gardening practices. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others and have written articles on gardening for various publications.