Are there any blooms that are black?? I've purchased some plants that
claim the bloom is black, but they're not. So, does anyone know of any
flowers that are close enough to being black to be named as being
I grow iris that are black, but just remember, in nature there is NO true
black, it's a deep dark blue that is as close to black as can be found in
plants and my iris are that dark as to be called black.
I planted a black and white garden and found the same concern! Black
usually means purple. However, I did find black pansies that were truly
black, a black annual poppy that is really as close to black as I've
seen...there are some truly black iris varieties....There are a couple
of varieties of hellebore that are true black and quite stunning! Good luck,
"Bowles Black" is a good one.
And tulips. try "Queen of the Night". Then there's all the
black-leafed plants, most a very dark purple, but I have a near-black
phormium called Platt's Black, an aeonium Schwartzkopf whose leaves are
almost black if it's kept in bright sun, and a very, very black-leaved
mondo grass whose name has escaped me. Pittosporum Tom Thumb is nearly
black in full sun, so is Sambucus "Black lace". Be warned, once you
start collecting "black" plants, you'll get hooked. They look stunning
planted near scarlet flowers or pale lemon yellow ones. Or blue-green
foliage. Or cream-variegated foliage.
Search for plant names including "nigra" or "nigrescens".
There's a black-plants garden website, created by a Goth, but I've
lost the url. Something like "www.gothgarden" :-)
Black mondo grass has the truest black-black leaves I've ever seen, &
very black shiny berries. But not the flowers.
On a sunny day the tulip 'Queen of Night' does look black, but my camera's
eye always brings out the fact that its purple.
'Black Barlow' double-columbine has pompom flowers that look pretty close
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following last post I took a look around
which will link you to the Black Plant Society :-)
Oh drat, now I have to buy another garden book :~} "Black Magic and
Another black-flowered plant that comes to mind is Cleveland Sage. It truly
appears to be jet black, and has lovely gray foliage. Alas, it's not hardy
here in Zone 5, but worth keeping over winter.
Blacks are actually deeep, deep purples, so in bright light you may see
that purple tinge.
There are some black pansy varieties. The ones offered here as bedding
plants are very black. They don't overwinter (Can. zone 4).
Black tulips are also very black, but after a year or two they begin to
lighten up. Jolly things, tulips -- don't like to be gloomy. :-)
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