From roses that glow in the dark to the eerie flower that looks like a bat, these spooky blooms show the dark side of Mother Nature…
Snapdragon flower seed pods
Snapdragon flowers are beautiful in bloom but when their seed pods dry, they look eerily like miniature human skulls. In ancient cultures, the tiny skulls were believed to have supernatural powers and protect against witchcraft, sorcery and curses – and were even used as an anti-ageing remedy (we’ll stick with Nivea, thanks!).
Glow in the dark roses
Roses might be synonymous with Valentine’s Day but this glow-in-the-dark variety screams Halloween. These spooky bouquets look like regular, pretty blooms by day but come alive under the cloak of darkness – perfect for surprising your Halloween party guests or trick-or-treaters. Most major florists and supermarkets now stock them at this time of year – or you could always try your hand at making your own.
The bat flower (Tacca chantieri) is an exotic plant with blooms that mimic a bat in flight – deep purple-black with wings and long, hanging whisker-like filaments. The heat and humidity-loving plant can produce flowers that last until early autumn.
Stapelia star flower
Hairy flowers with an odour of rotting flesh? You couldn’t invent a more Halloween perfect ‘flower’. Although it is technically a stem succulent plant, it’s commonly referred to as the ‘stapelia star flower’ or ‘carrion flower’ – so as it does boast such ghastly credentials, we thought it would be rude not to include it.
With their long, spindly spider-like petals, these autumn flowers are as creepy as they are beautiful – and growing on a single upright stem they appear to eerily pop out of the ground overnight.
If you want a Halloween-themed flower display that captures the spirit of the occasion without compromising on beauty, look no further than the black dahlia. Technically deep burgundy (or blood-red if you prefer) this dark, seductive and velvety bloom is the Morticia Adams of the flower world.