These dark-hued blooms are sure to make a statement in your landscape or vase.
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Black flowers rarely occur in nature, but when they do, they are showstoppers. If you look closely, you'll see that their petals are actually very dark shades of red or purple. Nevertheless, these inky-hued flowers will turn heads in moody bouquets. And in the garden, they're perfect for a farmhouse-style planting where they'll add depth, intrigue, and mystery. The following plants produce some of the most striking black flowers you can grow in your garden. Most of these varieties are winter hardy across several regions of the country so they will return every year. Their blooms can last up to two weeks in a vase, a plus for cutting gardens and floral arrangements.

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Black Dahlias in a garden
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Black Dahlia

The black dahlia is a florist’s fan-favorite during the fall months in seasonal arrangements. Its dusky flowers also make it a garden standout when it begins blooming in late summer into autumn. 

Zones: 8-11

Height: Up to 5 feet tall 

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Black Dahlia Flower Seeds ($5, Etsy)

Black tulips in a garden
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Queen of the Night Tulip

A simple bulb to grow, 'Queen of the Night' tulip makes a dramatic addition to containers, beds, and borders. In late spring, its velvety, deep-hued blooms look especially eye-catching when combined with white or yellow flowers

Zone: 2-8

Height: Up to 2 feet tall 

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Black Tulip 'Queen of the Night' Flower Bulbs (from $50, Etsy)

Chocolate Cosmos flowers in a garden
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Chocolate Cosmos

Though these summer-blooming flowers are maroon close up, they appear almost black from a distance. This perennial grows particularly well in containers, but can also fill among larger blooms like dahlias or lilies in your garden. Plus, chocolate cosmos emits a scent similar to red velvet cake and adds fine texture to floral arrangements. 

Zones: 7-11 

Height: Up to 4 feet tall 

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Fresh Chocolate Cosmos Bunch ($98, Terrain)

Bat Flower in a garden
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Black Bat Flower

Native to tropical areas of Asia, black bat flowers can survive outdoors in subtropical climates, too. In colder regions, move them indoors for winter, where they make intriguing houseplants. The whiskery, bat-like flowers usually appear in summer into fall.

Zones: 10-11

Height: 2-3 feet

Growing conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Buy It: Black Bat Flower Seeds ($10, Etsy)

Black Hollyhock (Alcea 'The Watchman')
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Watchman Hollyhock

This variety of hollyhock looks stunning in the back of borders or beds. It blooms on tall, sturdy stems in mid to late summer, its large flowers attracting all sorts of pollinators.

Zones: 3-9

Height: 5-6 feet 

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Hollyhock Seeds Watchman ($6, Etsy)

new york night hellebore flower close up
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New York Night Hellebore

This perennial will give your garden an air of mystery as it starts blooming in late winter. The flower’s dark purple hue and yellow center make for interesting additions to floral arrangements, too. 

Zones: 4-9

Height: Up to 2 feet

Growing conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

Buy It: Helleborus Honeymoon 'New York Night' ($25, White Flower Farm)

Black Bacccara Rose
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Black Baccara Rose

'Black Baccara' is a petite hybrid tea rose that blooms from spring to fall. Its velvety burgundy petals darken as they age. Its long, sturdy stems last for up to two weeks in a vase.

Zones: 5-9

Height: Up to 4 feet tall

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Black Baccara Hybrid Rose Seeds ($10, Etsy)

Night Rider black Lilly in a garden
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Night Rider Lily

Large, satiny-textured, deep violet 'Night Rider' hybrid lilies make striking additions to containers and flower beds. Each stem produces several buds that open from early to mid summer. The upward-facing flowers work especially well for cut arrangements, too.

Zones: 4-9

Height: Up to 30 inches tall 

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Buy It: Night Rider Lily ($13, Breck's)

black knight sweet pea flowers

Black Knight Sweet Peas

One of the darkest varieties of sweet pea, ‘Black Knight’ flowers are a deep crimson that looks black in shade. Plus, these climbing annuals will add a strong fragrance while they bloom for several weeks from spring into summer.

Zones: Annual

Height: Up to 6 feet tall 

Growing conditions: Full sun to light shade and evenly moist, well-drained soil

Buy It: Black Knight Sweet Pea Flower Seeds ($4, Etsy)

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