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Ghoulish Garden : Halloween's Favorite Plants

Updated on October 10, 2011

Halloween Botanicals: Scary Monster Flowers

Flowers: they are nature's beautiful decorations. They make the most unwelcoming cactus look vibrant and beautiful. When we think of flowers, we think of the glory of the rose, the tulip, and the lily. Delicate, with an intoxicating yet pleasing scent. But did you know that there are quite a few genera that make people shiver in fear?

I invite you to forget the more desirable flowers, because this Halloween were are going to celebrate the less appreciated, odd looking genii of the flower. Some people may go as far as saying that these flowers and plants are ugly, but there is a strange beauty to their oddity. Some of these strange flowers are very rare, and actually quite sought after. Let's explore the world of the Monster Flower.

Picture used under creative commons license: Photographer Just Chaos

Dracula Felix
Dracula Felix

Dracula Genus

Dracula Flower

What plant is more appropriate this Halloween than the Dracula flower! This genus of flower is actually part of the Orchidaceae genus, that is they are orchids. This extremely odd looking flower has many characteristics of a vampire! For example, many species of these flowers grow upside down, much like the bat! They shun daylight and prefer cold, dark places. These flowers are mostly native to Central and South America. Many of the Dracula genus have anther caps that look like vampire teeth. (Example: See Picture of Dracula sergioi)



Dracula chesteryonii I
Photographer: Javier Martin Wikipedia Commons


Dracula chestertonii II
Photographer: Orchi Wiki Commons



Dracula felix


Vampira is Latin for Vampire


Dracula vampira I
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Dracula vampira II
Photographer:Hipogeo


Dracula diabola
(Diabola means "devil or demon")
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The rarest and scariest looking one of all
The Dracula sergioi


Dracula sergioi
(looks like it's gonna JUMP right at you!)
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Dracula sergioi
Photographer: Orchi Wiki-media Commons


Dracula sergioi
Photographer:Orchi Wiki-media Commons


Fun Fact
Despite this genera's name, it is actually not associated with the famous vampire. It's name origin comes from the word dracul, which means "dragon"

Carnivorous Plants!!

Drosera capensis
Drosera capensis

Drosera capensis eating a fly


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When speaking of weird and spooky plants, how can one forget the ever hungry carnivorous plant! Of course the most notorious of these would be the Venus flytrap, however there are many more carnivorous plants out there, and some of them look just as odd as the fly trap! These plants, although carnivorous, do not hold any threat to humans! You may get sick if you eat one, but don't worry they won't be after your or your cat anytime soon! Here are just a few of the oddest looking carnivores...

Naturally we'll start by looking at the Venus flytrap. This chilling plant is definitely intimidating and has even been the monster in some B Horror movies. No matter how odd or how out of this world this plant seems, they are actually quite helpful to our ecosystem. They trap and digest flies and many other insects. Native to the states of North and South Carolina in the United states, these curious plants are in danger of becoming extinct due to human curiosity and collecting. These plants are very easy to care for, and actually do produce a very beautiful flower. A word of advice, if you obtain one, refrain from putting your finger in the trap to see it close, this takes up a lot of energy and will tire the plant out quickly and may even kill it.


Venus flytrap
Noa Elhardt Wikipedia Commons

Sarraceniaceae


Sarracenia leucophylla
Photographer: Xscd Wikipedia Commons


Heliamphora ionasi
:Photographer: Andrea Elis Wiki-Media Commons


The Sarraceniaceae family are carnivorous pitcher plants that capture their prey by luring insects to a sweet smelling nectar that is contained within the pitcher, the insect is then drowned and digested. On the left is the Sarracenia leucophylla, which is native to the Gulf Coast of the United States of America. This plant is frequently confused for the cobra lily. A strange but beautiful plant; resources state that these plants have become a popular bouquet item. Unfortunately, this is causing an endangerment to the plant.
Read more here: Sarracenia Bouquets On the right the very large and beautiful Heliamphora iosani, which is native to the South American country of Venenzuela.

Below are some more plants from this family.



Nepenthes macrophylls
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Nepenthes calcarata
Photographer:David Sucianto



Nepenthes ventricosa
Photographer: Alastair Robinson


Nepenthes edwardsiana.
Photographer:Alastair Robinson


Buy Carnivorous Plants - and get rid of the bugs !

Here is your chance to buy a venus fly trap, or perhaps one of these other beautiful but deadly plants!

DuneCraft Dome Terrariums - Carnivorous Plants
DuneCraft Dome Terrariums - Carnivorous Plants

Grow over ten varieties of Carnivorous Plants with this Carnivorous Creations growing set. You can grow your own collection of feared and famous meat eating plants. This deluxe edition has seeds from over ten kinds of carnivorous plants - including Venus Fly Trap, Sundew Plant, Hooded Pitcher Plant, Purple Pitcher Plant and many others. Watch as these fascinating plants grow into bug-eating monsters right before your very eyes.

Includes growing dome, planting mixture, three photo decals, seed packet, three Bog Buddies, swamp rocks and an instruction and information sheet

 
Growing Carnivorous Plants
Growing Carnivorous Plants

Growing Carnivorous Plants is a comprehensive guide to identification and cultivation-from the well-known Venus flytrap to the obscure African sundews, more than 200 species, hybrids, and cultivars from all genera of carnivorous plants are described. In addition, the book explains the fascinating and diverse mechanisms these plants use to trap their victims. Growing Carnivorous Plants will help readers select the best carnivorous plants to grow on a windowsill, in a terrarium, or in a greenhouse, and provides information on how best to feed and maintain these plants.

 
Carnivorous Terrarium with Live Plants
Carnivorous Terrarium with Live Plants

Grow your own feared and famous meat eating plants. This terrarium features the infamous Venus Trap. The leaves of a Venus Fly Trap are covered with fine hairs. When an insect lands on the plant, the pressure on these hairs causes the jaw-like foliage to snap closed, trapping the insect inside.

The diabolical Cobra Plant. The unsuspecting insect crawls down the cylindrical stem and is unable to get out. The plant hairs all point down making an escape impossible. The hopeless insect is then slowly dissolved into plant food.

And finally the harmless looking Sundew Plant. It lures, captures, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surface. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition that sundews are able to obtain from the soil they grow in.

The acrylic terrarium is 6 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Included in the kit are 3 live carnivorous plants, Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea), Sundew (Drosera), and Cobra Plant (Sarracenia). Plus we include the soil and instructions.

 

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Bat Flower - Tacca chantrieri

Bat Flower
Bat Flower


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Who can celebrate Halloween without bats! This is a Tacca Chantrieri, also known as the "black bat" flower. This flower's native soil is Southeast Asia. These beautifully Gothic flowers can grown up to be up to 20" (that's 0.508 meters) If you want to treat yourself to one for this Halloween, just a little note, these plants take utter care, and are very particular, the do not like to be rooted in one place, and they don't like sunlight or heat they prefer the dark dungeons, or a cool shady spot.

Buy A Bat - flower that is!

Bring this beautifully haunting flower home! 15 Seeds for only $4.99 ! These flowers make a GORGEOUS Gothic wedding bouquet.

Corpse Flower - Zombies like flowers too!

Corpse Flower
Corpse Flower


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Ah! Nothing beats the smell of rotting flesh in the morning! This flower (Amorphophallus titanum ), also known as the corpse flower, or corpse plant is one of the most morbid and largest flowers discovered. Certainly something that would be in Tim Burton's next movie, this flower got its name from the repugnant odor it transmits. This giant can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters!)

Ghost Plant - It'll give you chills

Ghost Plant
Ghost Plant

Appropriately called the Ghost Plant ( Monotropa uniflora). This rare plant has the characteristics of a ghost. First of all, just as a ghost cannot tan,

this plant cannot get any nutrients from the sun. It's main form of vitamins are trees that are nurtured through photosynthesis. In other words, it possess the trees body in order to get it's physical nourishment! This parasitic plant grows in many parts of the world, but is quite rare. It mostly haunts North America, Asia, and Northern South America.

Haunted Plant

Buy a domestic version of this ghostly plant and haunt your house!

The Voodoo Lily / Black Dragon Flower - not to be mistaken with the Corpse Flower

Voodoo Lily
Voodoo Lily

Frequently confused for the much larger Corpse flower, the Dracunculus vulgaris, also known as the Voodoo Lily, or the Black Dragon is a completely different species. This flower

was native to Greece and Crete, however it has been seen more in the United States. If you are looking to get a Corpse flower for your garden, that may be a bit unlikely, but this is a more feasible alternative, it even has that oh-so-fresh scent of decay! These flowers are currently growing in a lot of the southern U.S.A. States, and may be obtainable through a greenhouse.

Purchase your own Voodoo Lily

Even this specific flower is hard to find! But it online for only $10.99

More Morbid Flowers - By name or nature

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Rafflesia flower. Once voted the world's ugliest flower, this spore like flower is supremely large, can extend over three feet!Bleeding HeartsArum palaestinum
Rafflesia flower. Once voted the world's ugliest flower, this spore like flower is supremely large, can extend over three feet!
Rafflesia flower. Once voted the world's ugliest flower, this spore like flower is supremely large, can extend over three feet!
Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts
Arum palaestinum
Arum palaestinum

Dark Plants - For your Dark Garden

More beautiful flowers for your Gothic Garden

Bid or buy it now! Gothic flowers for the morbidly inclined

Are these flowers a rare, strange, beauty?
Or are they natures rejects?

Creepy Flowers? Or Beautiful rarities? - Would you have one in your garden?

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      baumchen 5 years ago

      @Plantastic: Hehe, how funny this that :)

      Thanks for this comment.

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      Geeve 5 years ago

      Very nicely done. Blessed by a passing gardening Angel :)

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      Plantastic 5 years ago

      @anyaface lm: Way cool lens!! Another scary and cool plant is the TickleMe Plant, It suddenly plays dead and closes up when Tickled! Then minutes later re- opens and then plays dead at night! Search TickleMe Plant and see video and grow one indoors

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      anyaface lm 6 years ago

      This is amazing!!! i want all these plants in my garden!!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This was a very unique and interesting lens and it is now 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf lens.

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      erikagoofer 6 years ago

      Very terrible flowers!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Absolutely stunning ... a well-deserved purple star!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      wow you have done a gr8 job well done!!!!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Nicely done. Unique lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      callinsky lm 6 years ago

      Yes. Again, you have done an incredible job. Absolutely outstanding. Congrats on the Purple Star. I cannot think of another lens more deserving.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      This lens is awesome! I never heard of the corpse flower before. Very interesting and lots of great pics!

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      AshleyKelahlyah 6 years ago

      Way too awesome! Great pics and everything! The walking plant video was cool, it's actually not a plant but an animal. It lives on the seafloor, but is still creepy lol.

      Thank you for posting where to get these plants, I loved the ghost one!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I've never heard of most of these, but they look really cool. Great job on the lens and congratulations on your purple star!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Those Dracula plants are creepy creepy creepy!!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! Absolutely fabulous! I want them all :)

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Very Cool, Blessed!

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Very creative and well done! Congrats on your purple star.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Fantastic pictures. My sons really liked seeing the fly get done in. I'm adding my blessing and featuring this at "SquidAngel At Your Service".

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The layout of this story, the content, the photos, the interesting subject .... it's a 'terrific' lens in every respect. Except for the Venus Fly Trap, almost all the other Garden "Ghoulies" were new to me (I'm such a NON-garden knowledgeable person). I did like the Bat a lot. Your special Purple Star is very well deserved.

      I agree with my fellow SquidAngels who have visited this lens -- it is certainly ~~Blessworthy!~~

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      enjoyed this very well-done lens. Colorful and entertaining presentation.

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you Kim, I do too, I think these flowers are gorgeous in their own right

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thank you so very much! I'm glad you liked it, doing the research was so much fun, there are still so many more scary flowers I want to add!

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thank you Kathy~! I'm glad I was able to help start your day in a positive note!

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      Wow! What a great lens. Your images are amazing. I love these creepy flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I loved seeing all these rare, ghoulish plants and flowers. Today I said I was going to appreciate what life had to offer...so how wonderful to choose to read this :) Excellent presentation...

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I like your question above. I prefer to say beautiful rarities. This is an amazing and beautiful lens, very worthy of that purple star. Congratulations!

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      I can see why you got the purple star..congratulations..very interesting article to read

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Truly wonderful, yet weird, selection of flowers. Perfect for a Halloween garden. Congrats on your Purple Star and *blessed*.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Beautiful or Grotesque? I'd say a little of both! What unusual flowers you have shown here. Beautiful lens - congrats on your PS.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on getting a purple star. Fun little garden trip/

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @Laura Schofield: I loved your Halloween Flowers lens as well. Lensrolled it to this one..

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @Lady Gotrocks: Thank you so very much, I am flattered.

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      Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens! I only bless the best of the best. And yours I blessed!

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      Laura Schofield 6 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      What a fantastic collection here of morbid flowers! I did a halloween lens on spooky flowers, but only touched on these naturally morbid flora - I did a lot of research too yet I still learned even more here. Fantastic job! Lensrolled to my halloween flowers.

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thank you! I didn't even know I was eligible!! I'm so thrilled.. *does thrilled dance* Again, thank you guys!

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @WhiteOak50: Aww, thank you doll!! I'm so flattered!!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star!!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! You have just been awarded a purple star from WhiteOak50 after she completed the August Get Cracking Challenge.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, what an education I just received. I had heard of the Venus Fly Trap and the corpse flower, but the rest were new to me. Great job!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very, very creepy lens and a super-duper topic for Halloween! Despite their creepiness, I believe these plants are strange beauties of creation. Very cool!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Some of these plants are gorgeous! Others not quite so! Tremendous lens and very fascinating.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is great and so very interesting! I had no idea that there were so many Spooky Plants.

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you for the blessing! I am going to put you on my Fallen Angels lens as well! I'm glad you liked the topic!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This was such an interesting read, I loved learning about all these flowers. Some are very beautiful even though they are so strange... the Bat flower in particular. Angel Blessed and I'll also feature this on my Halloween Flower Costume lens. :)

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Excellent Halloween lens! You're really good at designing a page, Cyn!

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @WDBurns: Thank you for allowing me to use your great animations!

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thank you very much! I truly value your input!

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @Ramkitten2000: Thank you for your input.. I tend to relish in the strange and unusual..

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @WhiteOak50: I agree, the bat flower is simply gorgeous!..the gothic garden kit looks interesting too

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      OMG-If I could give you a 13 stars I would!! This is the most awesome lens and OMG, I seen several plants I want! The Bat being my favorite or the Dracula vampira II Goodness, lensrolling over to my Goth Lens! Great Job!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a cool, fun, unusual lens! I enjoyed this and LOVE your photos.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Terrific! I've left you some angel dust!

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      WDBurns 7 years ago

      Wow. great lens & fantastic plants. The gifs look good too, thanks for the feature.