One of the biggest reasons we love this time of year is Halloween, and while all hallows eve may look a bit different this year our excitement for it is as strong as ever. In honour of the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of some of our top spooky plants.
Rose of Jericho (resurrection plant)
So, this plant is basically the zombie of plants – it comes back from the dead, or at least that’s how it seems. With a dried up appearance, people are often awed to find that this incredible plant will start to open up and come back to life when exposed to moisture.
This flowering plant is part of the Brassicaceae family, and ridiculously easy to keep alive. It is commonly confused with it’s cousin, known as the False Rose of Jericho.
You may be familiar with carnivorous plants from movies like Little Shop of Horrors or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, but in real life there are over 500 species of plants that attract, trap, and kill prey.
One of our favourites is the Pitcher Plant! Hailing from a few different families, this species uses a pitfall trap method to capture some tasty treats in it’s vase-shaped cups. It feeds on nutrients from bugs & insects to make up for what it lacks from soil.
Ghost Plant (ghost pipe)
This spooky little cutie is hauntingly boo-tiful. Okay, sorry we will stop. But really, it is quite an interesting little plant that can be found on forest floors across temperate parts of Asia, and both North and South America. Unlike most other plants, they lack chlorophyll which means it does not generate energy from sunlight. Instead, this member of the monotropaceae family will attach itself to a host tree in a parasitic manner and feed off it for nutrients.
Essentially this plant lives in the dark and sucks the life out of other living things, making it a top spooky plant in our books!
We have a soft spot for any plant that comes in all black, and there’s a lot more of them than you’d think! One that stands out is the Black Elephant Ear plant.
While not as common as the regular version of this perennial, they can be found time to time at your local garden and home improvement centres for a decent price. This low-maintenance tropical will definitely add some spooky vibes to any home. Some people even have them as part of an all black garden!
Last but not least, we come to one of the world’s largest and rarest flowering plants – the corpse flower. This plant is appropriately named due to its memorable smell of rotting flesh. The plant itself grows on average to about 10-15 feet wide and 8 feet tall, found in tropical regions of Asia. These bloom once every 7-10 years, for those who are lucky enough to catch it.
While we’ve never been able to see (or smell) one in real life, it is certainly on our bucket list of creepy plants to experience.
Of course, you can make every day a bit more spooky with our skull pots – great for plants, candles, stationary or more. We’ve also recently launched a limited amount in a matte-black finish, just in time for the best holiday of the year! Thanks for checking out some of our favourite scary plants, and stay safe this Halloween!