Black or Nearly Black Flowers - A Gallery

Black Iris Flowers Growing Among Other Colors

Photo 1 - Some seem black, some seem nearly black in this photo.  I love irises, but these are extra exotic looking.
Photo 1 - Some seem black, some seem nearly black in this photo. I love irises, but these are extra exotic looking. | Source

Dark Black and Purple Iris Flowers

Photo 2 - These iris are so lovely growing in the garden.
Photo 2 - These iris are so lovely growing in the garden. | Source

Black and Purple Viola Flower

Photo 3 - Nearly Black Viola - I love this little flower, it is so pretty.
Photo 3 - Nearly Black Viola - I love this little flower, it is so pretty. | Source

Black Iris Flower with Purple Hues

Photo 4 - I thought the black and purple flowers growing with pink ones in the background make a nice effect.
Photo 4 - I thought the black and purple flowers growing with pink ones in the background make a nice effect. | Source

Black flowers seem to be growing in popularity, if one goes by the number of times we are seeing them in seed and garden catalogues that come out every year. I have to admit, the first time I saw one advertised, I thought that the idea of a black flower sounded not only strange, but just a bit weird! Who would want black flowers?

Well, gardeners everywhere seem to want them for various reasons. Perhaps it is just to have something in one's garden that everyone else doesn't have in their garden. They are just so unique, something to talk about. Some people think it is just very exotic looking to have black flowers.

Black flowers would be great for contrast with other flowers. I have seen some black hollyhock flowers for instance that are pretty much a dark black color, mixed in with bright pinks and whites. Boy did those flowers put on a show.

One of the things I wondered about were the pollinators of the world, that are often drawn to flowers by color. I know hummingbirds and butterflies appreciate particular bright colors of flowers such as purple and red, etc. I am sure there are other reasons that some are drawn in to the center of a flower, such as scent, etc.

In this hub, I am sharing some photos of flowers that I took with my camera, and a couple that I found in the public domain on the net. I hope you enjoy the tour of black flowers.

Photos of Black or Nearly Black Flowers

Photos 1, 2, 4 and 6 - These photos show some different bearded iris flowers in the Spring. These are nearly black, as in the first photo for example. Some are a very deep purple, or deep maroon color. Even in the bright light, some are nearly black in color.

Photo 3 - A nearly black viola flower. I love both violas and pansies. They come in such bright and varied colors, that its amazing to see the outer edges of the petals of this one seem nearly black. It is still so pretty, and one's eye is drawn to the center where there is some light and color there.

Photo 5 - A nearly black orchid caught my eye a couple months ago. I love orchids, but had not seen a black one before. It is just beautiful, and the design is amazing I think.

Photo 7 - A deep purple, or black pitcher plant flower. A very interesting flower, just became even more interesting to me with the deep nearly black color.

Nature never ceases to amaze me, and gets more and more interesting as well.

Black and Burgundy Orchid Flower

Photo 5 - I thought this was absolutely stunning to see in an orchid show one year.
Photo 5 - I thought this was absolutely stunning to see in an orchid show one year. | Source

Deep Purple, Nearly Black Irises

Photo 6 - There is almost a reddish or magenta color mixed in with these nearly black irises.
Photo 6 - There is almost a reddish or magenta color mixed in with these nearly black irises. | Source

Dark Colored Pitcher Plant Flower

Photo 7 - Purple Pitcher Plant Flower - These have the strangest design to them.
Photo 7 - Purple Pitcher Plant Flower - These have the strangest design to them. | Source

Poll

Do you like black flowers?

  • I am not sure, black flowers seem so strange.
  • Yes, I think they are fascinating.
  • No, I don't like black flowers
  • I sometimes like them, it depends on the flower.
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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Oooh! I love being the first to vote :) I am finally in the majority. I LOVE black or nearly black flowers. They look so delicate and strong at the same time and they add such punch to any garden. How else to make a bed of colorful flowers look more colorful? Surround them with black ones! I am voting all across and Up because I am in love with this Hub :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This brings back a great memory for me. My Mom once had tulips that, for what ever reason, turned out looking black. I think it may be because of the deep dark red.Gorgeous pics!


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

I love your black flower collection, oceansnsunsets. In my mind, they are special, because they are quite the rarity. My personal favorite black flower is the bat flower which looks beautiful in a weird way.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I like the nearly black violas, but some of the others, like the irises, I'm not so sure about. Like @rebeccamealey, my mom also had really dark tulips which I liked. Interesting hub:)


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Naima Manal 4 years ago from NY

I think "drama" is the term that describes what the addition of a black or nearly black flower contributes to a garden. Drama is nice, I must say. Thank you for sharing the photos!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Black flowers makes a beautiful contrast to any garden when surrounded with other colors. However, to have a bouquet of only black flowers in a vase, I found to be too depressing.

You have created yet another beautiful and interesting hub!

Rated up and pushed all the right buttons.

Thanks!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Ardie, your comment brought a big smile to my face! I am so glad you like the black and nearly black flowers! I think you are right in that it makes a colorful garden even more colorful, and that they are strong and delicate at the same time. Thank you for your visit, votes, and wonderful comment. You made my day. :)

Hi Rebecca, those tulips that are a dark red like you mentioned, sound beautiful! There are other flowers that fit into this black or nearly black category, and while I don't have a picture of the tulips yet, I hope to soon. I am happy you stopped by and left a comment, thank you.

Hello Haunty, thanks for mentioning the bat flower, those are simply wild looking flowers, very intriguing! I think you are right about the black flowers being so rare, that they are all the more special. Surely it is part in what helps them to be so popular among some gardeners. I appreciate your comment.

Hi Kris, thanks for your comment. I also like the viola, and the irises are a little strange and out of place almost in black! I have grown tulips in the past and love them, but never black. Thanks for your visit.

Hello Naima, I think you hit the nail on the head with the word "drama", to describe these black flowers. In a garden, that is something that people want, and it draws them in. Thank you for your comment.

SanneL, Thank you for your visit, vote and comment. I would have to agree that unless you were just really into black, a vase full of dark black flowers would be depressing. As far as contrast goes, they are winners for sure. So glad you found the hub interesting, thank you so much!


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi oceansunsets,

Yes! I do like black and deep purple blooms. I also like the same color in foliage- especially when contrasted with lime greens or grayish-white and lavendar. Nice hub!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Really cool hub and I'm with many other commentators who really enjoy the black flowers! I am inspired to try them in our garden this spring. Rated up!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great Hub, Oceansunsets! I think, with the right backdrop these flowers can be stunning. I haven't seen a black flower personally so I enjoyed looking at your wonderful pictures!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Cat, I love the different types of foliage as well. The deep purples are gorgeous. I am glad you stopped by and left a comment. Thank you!

Hello Steph, thank you so much! Its fun to try new things in the garden. I figure, at least once I try something different and new. Depending on how it does and how much we like it or not, we grow again in consecutive years. Thanks for stopping by and for the rate and comment.

Hello Scibenet, I agree that the right backdrop can cause some pretty flowers to be extra stunning! I am so glad you enjoyed looking at the black and dark flowers in this hub, and thank you for your kind words.


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

Dark flowers definitely make a startling statement in a flower. You neighbors can't help but comment.


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oceansnsunsets 18 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

I agree about dark flowers definitely making a statement! Thank you for your comment.

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