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Ghoulish Garden : Halloween's Favorite Plants
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.
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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
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Dracula chestertonii II
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Vampira is Latin for Vampire
Dracula vampira I
Dracula vampira II
(Diabola means "devil or demon")
The rarest and scariest looking one of all
The Dracula sergioi
(looks like it's gonna JUMP right at you!)
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Photographer:Orchi Wiki-media Commons
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"
Drosera capensis eating a fly
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.
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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.
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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!
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 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.
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.
Scary Plant Animations
Bat Flower - Tacca chantrieri
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!
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
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.
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
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
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Are these flowers a rare, strange, beauty?
Or are they natures rejects?