Why spend money on fragile plastic decorations when you can just grow your own for Halloween? Plants with frightening hues, winding vines, and prickly stalks abound in nature, and create the perfect Halloween garden of your nightmares.
Some eat whole insects or are extremely antagonistic toward other plants, while others have a strange past and terrible
And Halloween’s not all; these eerie plants can help you create the ultimate gothic garden for those dark academia vibes. Scroll through our list of the plants you want in your yard for the ghostly air.
For Halloween, stapelia or carrion flowers are created. Despite being mistaken for cacti in certain places, these succulents are mostly from South Africa. The tall, green stems contrast with the strange blossoms that seem like starfish. Five-lobed flowers open to expose banding patterns that resemble fleshy wrinkles in red, yellow, or purple – tones that resemble rotting meat.
Flowers can range in size from 1 to 16 inches broad depending on the species. In addition to its hypnotic bloom, the plant features long hairs that outline the petals and waft softly in the breeze. The smell of something decomposing, on the other hand, is not mesmerizing. The terrible odor attracts the plant’s pollinators, which are flies.
The distinctive deep purple tropical blooms, with ruffled winglike petals and long dangling whiskers, resemble a bat in flight and are easy to cultivate indoors as a houseplant.
This plant is native to Southeast Asia’s tropical rainforests and will grow wild in shaded regions with high humidity. These amazing blooms can grow up to a foot broad and have whiskers up to 28 inches long!
Carnivorous outdoor plants may lend a shiver to your Halloween decor. The most well-known species, Venus flytraps, with gaping mouths and fringed, alien-like trigger hairs. Adults and children alike will love watching these eerie plants ensnare innocent insects.
Use this plant to offer views of a landscape beyond to add a little mystique. The Monstera deliciosa, often known as the Swiss cheese plant, is an excellent choice for an interior eerie atmosphere. Its naturally occurring holes in its leaves might resemble eyes. Alternatively, they give a means of peering into eerie scenes…beyond.
Caring for a Monstera is relatively simple and similar to caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig. This plant is endemic to Central America and thrives in tropical settings. They require strong but indirect sunshine and, if possible, a more humid climate.
Old Man Cactus
While I can understand how its white hair may be compared to that of an elderly man, Cephalocereus senilis reminds me more of spiderwebs. This slow-growing, columnar cactus is native to Mexico and may be found at many garden centers.
Because it thrives in hot, dry areas, it is best planted in a pot filled with cactus soil. A terra cotta pot will keep it from becoming too damp. It just needs watering once a month. Don’t be afraid to expose this plant to direct sunshine; the more light it receives, the more white hairs it will produce. Bring indoors or into a greenhouse if the temperature falls below 50 degrees or if it rains.
Black Elephant Ears
The huge black and purple heart-shaped leaves of this spectacular tropical perennial may grow to be a foot wide and three feet long.
The cultivar ‘Black Magic’ is the way to go if you want a stunning display of gloom this Halloween.
This plant is hardy to Zones 8 and higher, but it may also be cultivated inside in colder climates if you can locate a space with sufficient humidity and indirect sunshine. Just bear in mind that it might be huge!
Cobra plants will undoubtedly pique the interest of your trick-or-treaters. These carnivorous outdoor plants are extremely creepy, with hooded, coiled leaves that mimic a stunning snake — and reddish-purple appendages that appear just like a forked tongue or teeth. They may also grow to be three feet tall!
Because of its elongated and twisting form, the Dracaena trifasciata is known as the “Snake Plant.” Because of its typically pointed leaf margins, it is also known as “Mother-in-Tongue.” law’s With the addition of some up lighting, these plants might appear to come to life!
Snake plants thrive in low-light environments and may even withstand inconsistent watering. As a result, it’s one of the easiest houseplants to care for and a good investment. It’s quite adaptive. Surprisingly, it was previously utilized in Japan to produce bowstrings. The snake plant, though, is possibly best for purifying the air in your home.
Spilanthes oleracea or Acmella oleracea’s popular name is influenced by its function, although it is also known as eyeball plant. Flowers are similar in size and form to olives, but when viewed from above, the red center resembles the iris of a yellow eyeball. This flower, like others in the Aster family, is made up of numerous little blossoms, or florets, that lack petals.
This Brazilian perennial plant prefers full sun to light shade and can grow up to 18 inches tall. The leaves are evergreen. It’s not the simplest plant to cultivate, but if you keep it wet with well-drained soil and out of direct sunlight, it should flourish great.
Japanese Blood Grass
Do you want a bit of a macabre Halloween container garden? Add some Japanese blood grass to the mix. The tips of this ornamental grass turn crimson in the fall, giving the blades the appearance of being dipped in blood.
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