One of the email lists I subscribe to was talking about chocolate scented
flowers (I had no idea they existed!) and provided this link:
I thought I'd share. I'd love to hear anyone's personal experiences with
these flowers. Do they REALLY smell like chocolate?
On Sat, 17 Feb 2007 13:30:33 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
I think the bulk of these plants and seeds "look" like the color or
chocolate, but the only plant I've had actual experience with which
had a chocolate fragrance is chocolate geranium. I didn't search the
site you gave, but I love the chocolate delphinium flowers.
Here are a few others that smell like chocolate (from the article that
gave the link I posted). I don't know how I forgot about Chocolate Mint.
I was always a fav of mine!
Chocolate-Scented Geranium, Pelargonium.
Most scented "geraniums" are actually pelargoniums. More than one variety
has leaves that carry a "chocolate" scent, although I have to say that
scent perception is an individual thing. Some of my friends smell
chocolate. Others don't. Pelargoniums are mostly houseplants, but you can
also treat them as annuals in your garden; they're too tender to
overwinter outdoors. Put them in soil that drains well in a place where
they'll be shaded from the hot afternoon sun. Water only when soil is
Chocolate-Scented Orchid, Oncidium Sharry Baby.
The many delicate-looking flowers of this tall, gorgeous orchid are
cherry red with white-tipped lips and give out a delightful scent. Unlike
some orchids, it's not too picky about its growing conditions. Just be
sure to place it somewhere like a kitchen or bathroom where it will get a
good amount of humidity as well as the bright, indirect light it needs to
flower. Or you could put it on a tray of pebbles with water underneath
and occasionally spray it. The soil should be dry before you water.
Sweet-scented Sharry Baby does grow tall, so make sure your pot is heavy
Chocolate-Scented Outdoor Plants
Chocolate Daisy, Berlandiera lyrata.
These daisylike bloomswith their yellow petals and maroon and orange
centercan be a cheery addition to your chocolate garden. The plant
blooms at night and emits a chocolate scent in the morning. Depending on
wind direction, you might catch the fragrance up to 30 feet away! The
plant is drought tolerant and can be planted in sun or partial shade.
Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus.
If dark chocolate is your weakness, plant some Cosmos. These gorgeous
dark burgundy flowers let loose their beguiling scent in the late
afternoon, so dedicated chocoholics might pair them with Chocolate
Daisies, which emit their scent in the morning. Chocolate Cosmos need
well-drained soil and full sun; the heat of midsummer really gets them
Chocolate Mint, Mentha piperita cv.
Got a craving for a peppermint pattie? The taste of these edible leaves
will remind you of this favorite minty-chocolate treat. Try some in
coffee or hot chocolate. Or dry the leaves and mix them into your
favorite brownie batter. Chocolate Mint does best with at least half a
day of sun. The plant can grow and spread aggressively, so try placing it
in a large container in your chocolate-themed garden.
I have that, but have to say it smells more like mint and not much
like chocolate. Nice colour though.
If you like plants with dark foliage, here's a great book full of them
Purple Passion by Karen Black
Yes, sorry, and I forgot the title too, it's Black Magic And Purple
Passion . Male guests here always pick that title from the shelf to
I can't think why anyone would pay $85 for a used copy when it's still
in print and easily available new for about $32. I bought direct from
the publisher , see
which also gives you a look inside the book, at the quality of
Looking that up was a bad move; now I've found out she's done a
series of other foliage colour schemes. Very tempting :-)
<hee hee hee> I'm a great believer in books. Fetchbook and I have a
long and fruitful relationship -- even if it is to send me off looking
Thanks for the heads up and the nice antidote about your male guests.
You can get geraniums scented in about scent including chocolate from
Davidson's Greenhouse in Montgomery County Indiana. They ship them all
over the world. I just found the
information It is Davidson's Greenhouse and Nursery Inc. - 3147 E.
Ladoga Road, Crawfordsville IN 47933 - Phone 765-364-0556
Very nice people and 3rd generation in the business.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
. The website doesn't quite promise that :-) It says, "We are a
specialty nursery offering selections from our extensive collection of
"chocolate" (dark colored) plants and rare perennials ".
The only plant I've grown whose flowers truly smell just like
chocolate, absolutely delicious, is Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate
Cosmos) It's a perennial in mild-winter areas, but not hardy to
I just burned a little chocolate-scented candle last week (not from
there). It looked and smelled exactly like a yummy chocolate with a
walnut on top. This week's candle is "Wild Gorse", which smells exactly
like the plant.
I've got at least ten 'Sharry Baby's' hanging in the back yard and I
wouldn't call it chocolate, exactly. Unless you were really, really jonesing
for a chocolate smell. Or just very hungry.
They're sweet and reminiscent of candy, but I wouldn't say chocolate.
That's exactly why I have so dang many of them- kept buying from different
vendors hoping for the "holy grail" of chocolatey goodness, but so far it's
just a vague hint.
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