If you’re a fan of the unique and unusual, opt for black flowers in your next arrangement. As flowers are typically known for being bright, wistful and feminine, black flowers are a great take on breaking tradition. Although these flowers are not technically black, deep shades of red and purple are what make up their dark appearance. From black roses to deep, dark orchids, we’ve compiled a list of 10 black flowers to experiment with in your next arrangement. Check out the list below to find your next favorite!
Calla lily (Zantedeschia) – Also called the “Black Star,” this darker version of the commonly-white flower is a deep purple that is almost black to the human eye. Mix this with light greenery to really make this flower pop!
Hellebore (Helleborus) – This very poisonous flower can be found in the earlier months of spring, as that is its prime season. It has very leathery, dark green leaves that surround the face of the flower.
Black magic hollyhock (Alcea rosea) – A form of wild marshmallow, the dark petals of the black magic hollyhock sometimes have a tint of red, which only adds to its beauty. With a light-colored center, this flower is guaranteed to add a touch of glamour to any winter wedding!
Black velvet petunia (Petunia hybrida) – The size of the petunia’s petals are the perfect shape to pair with other flowers. Keep these in a stable environment to ensure the color stays strong.
Bat orchid (Tacca chantrieri) – This flower gets its name from its unique appearance, as it looks like a bat in flight. Use this flower alone as a visually-interesting single stem bouquet!
Black dahlia (Dahlia) – This mysterious, layered flower is a combination of deep red and purple colors. While they bloom in full sun, they should be placed in the shade if you want to preserve their color and height.
Rose (Rosa) – Often darker in the bud stage, these roses bloom into a deep red or purple color that looks black. To make black roses in a centerpiece seem darker, put a few drops of black dye into the water for the flower to absorb.
Viola (Viola) – Appearing in the spring, violas or “Molly Sandersons” complement multi-colored pansies or yellow flowers due to their light colored center. These flowers do well both in and out of containers—perfect for table centerpieces or aisle decor!
Iris (Iris germanica) – This fragrant flower is also known by the name “Before the Storm.” Be sure to incorporate this flower into outdoor events as they thrive in the sunlight!
Tulip (Tulipa) – Also known as the “Queen of the Night,” the black tulip is one of the more popular black flowers due to its ability to pair well with other colored tulips. Be sure to buy tall vases—these flowers grow up to 24 inches tall!
Adding black flowers to a bouquet is a great way to add a fun, non-traditional touch to an arrangement. If you’re new to black flowers, start small by using them as accents and work your way up to a full bouquet of black flowers. While most bouquets that are gifted are bright and lively, black flowers gives off a sense of glamour and mystique that just can’t be achieved with any other color. With several dramatic blooms to choose from, it won’t be too hard to find a new favorite!