Scary and creepy plants to grow to celebrate Halloween

(WHTM) – Celebrate the spooky season by growing these “spooky” plants. There’s no need to buy artificial decorative plants from chain stores to decorate your home for Halloween – you can grow your own scary plants.

Despite the disclaimer, she won’t be as scary as Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

Venus flytrap

What’s scarier than a carnivorous plant? Venus flytraps eat insects and arachnids including spiders, ants, flying insects and more, which means they can be useful for pest control. They get some nutrients from their soil, like most plants.

Venus flytraps are perennials, which means they will bloom every year and you can have live Halloween decorations for years to come. In fact, it is estimated that the plant can live for 20 years or more.

To care for a Venus flytrap, you will need moist, acidic, nutrient-poor soil. The Venus flytrap enjoys the sun. Venus flytraps typically do not like tap water and need either distilled water, reverse osmosis water, or rainwater. The plant’s soil should remain moist and moist, but be careful not to over-water.

Bat flower

Also known as “devil’s flower,” this almost entirely black plant has two large leaves that resemble ears, and have long filaments, also known as whiskers, that jump out of their middle. It is native to Southeast Asia but can be grown in North America if given proper care. The flowers can be up to 20 inches in diameter and the whiskers can be up to a foot long.

It needs a shaded area to grow and relatively high humidity conditions and can be grown as a houseplant.

Cobra plant

Another carnivorous plant, the cobra plant, has tubular leaves with twisted “tips” that make the plant look like a snake. This plant, also known as the California pitcher plant, has a segment growing from under the head that is divided and resembles the hissing tongue of a snake.

It needs full sun or partial shade while ensuring the roots stay cool in order to thrive. If you are outside, they only need rainwater, but if your area is experiencing drought, use distilled or purified water.

To keep the roots cool, use a medium such as peat moss, perlite, volcanic rock, or pumice.

As a note, the copra plant usually blooms from April to August.

Corpse flower

Growing a corpse flower requires a lot of dedication. It is the largest flower in the world, growing six to eight feet tall, emits the smell of rotting meat or garbage when it blooms, and it takes seven to ten years for just one flower to bloom.

The investment will pay off if you end up wanting a large outdoor Halloween display; There’s no need for rubber toys with this scary flower in your garden.

The corpse flower has what looks like the middle of a daffodil, but is huge, with a green and white ombre exterior and an ominous-looking dark purple interior. The thick, pointed column structure, which is usually white, yellowish-green, or yellowish-green, explodes from within and reaches toward the sky while looking like something from the underworld.

For most people, a single visit to a university or professional garden display is how they will interact with this rare flower.

TOPSHOT – Visitors gather to see and smell the corpse flower during its short bloom, as it is on display in the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens department in San Marino, Calif., on Aug. 28, 2023. The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom and can grow as tall as More than 8 feet (2.43 m) tall, it blooms for only one to three days every few years, and has a strong, unpleasant odor when it blooms, earning the flower its putrid name. (Photo by Robin Beck/AFP) (Photo by Robin Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Black lilies

Unlike the corpse plant, black pansies are much easier to grow. They can be grown indoors, in window boxes, in pots on the balcony, or outside in the garden. They are also hardy and can withstand cold weather, which is great for those who live in central Pennsylvania.

What makes them perfect for Halloween is their ominous appearance. They are completely black with some light purple with only one dot of yellow in the middle. It will make it look like your garden has eyes.

They are annual plants, which means they will not return year after year.

Plant of shame

Although this plant does not look scary, its function is almost like magic. When touched, the small grouped leaves of the chameplant close in on themselves. This solitary plant folds its leaves together in a prayer-like motion, which looks very magical.

Before you think about growing shamania, also known as the delicate plant, remember that it is a tropical grass. This means that it will grow a lot. For best practices, plant this in a pot or indoors. It will do fine indoors as long as it has light and access to a warm environment.

White Mulberry (Doll’s Eyes)

White Baneberry is commonly called “doll’s eyes” because of its uncanny resemblance to doll’s eyeballs. The white balls at the end of the stems have small black dots that look like pupils. To make matters even scarier, the “eyes” grow from thick, red stalks that resemble the optic nerve that connects human eyes to the brain.

They can be easily grown in the home garden and are perennials, which means they will flower every year. White Baneberry performs best if planted in late fall in moist, well-drained soil in a partially shaded location.

However, farmers beware! White Baneberry is very toxic to humans and many animals. So make sure to plant this place where youngsters and wildlife will not be able to interact with it.

Bat face

Another bat-themed plant, the bat-faced cup is so named for its uncanny resemblance to bats. There is a dark purple flower that forms the “face” of the bat while the red leaves stand out like large “ears.” This plant does best in heat and tolerates dry conditions.

Best of all, the shrub attracts bees and hummingbirds, which means you’ll be helping pollinators if you plant it.

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