Freaky creepy plants for Halloween

Published 31st October 2016 by Michelle

It’s Halloween! And the plant world doesn’t disappoint on the creepy freaky front – think Day of the Triffids or Little Shop of Horrors…films where killer plants take over! So this week, we look at weird and scary plants that you can grow in your urban garden. Luckily, none of them are dangerous and some of them are even eerily beautiful.

1\ Cob webby cactus

Many cactus varieties, grown indoors, look like they are covered in cobwebs. If you like the cobweb look (!) you can also try growing the Sempervivum arachnoideum outdoors (common name: the cobweb houseleek).

2\ Carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants are know as the monsters of the plant world, given that they are plants which eat insects. There are some very large varieties in South East Asia which terrifyingly eat rodents and frogs – but no plant will grow that big in your home! Many carnivorous plant varieties can be grown indoors in the UK, including the well known Venus fly trap, and the variety pictured below; Nepenthes (common name: Monkey Cups).

Nepenthes (aka Monkey Cups)

3\ Orange and Black flowers and plants

Since orange and black are the traditional colours of Halloween, I had to include some orange and black flowers and grasses in this list.

Flowers are very rarely truly black, usually they are actually dark purple but look black especially when planted next to white flowers. Now is the time to plant tulip bulbs like these orange and nearly black varieties, and they will flower in April/May.

Indoors, go for a Calathea Crocata plant which has dark foliage and bright orange flowers. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and water when the soil gets dry (about 1-2 times per week in summer, once per week in winter).

Tulip 'Queen of the Night'

Tulip 'Black Parrot'

Calathea Crocata

Black bamboo is a really striking structural plant, and since it grows quickly it’s excellent for creating privacy screens or for hiding ugly balcony railings in your urban garden. I also love the black grass pictured below, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ – it grows really well in a pot outdoors and has pink flowers in spring.

Black bamboo

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

4\ Houseplant from another world

This houseplant looks like it comes from outer space, with it’s stripes and bright blue, red and purple colours. It’s called Aechmea ‘Blue Rain’, and is very easy to look after, just keep in bright, indirect light and water when the soil dries out.

Aechmea 'Blue Rain'

5\ Weird succulents

These weird and wonderful succulents look a little like Day of the Triffids creepers, but I promise they do grow less quickly! Very easy to look after, they live indoors and only need watering once a week.

Crassula perforata

Crassula lycopodioides monstrosa

6\ Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Despite the name, this plant with heart shaped flowers is actually very beautiful, and also comes in a white variety. Flowering from April to May, you can buy and plant it outdoors in early spring and it will flower year on year.

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)

I hope you are inspired to bring a little freakiness to your urban garden, wishing you a spooky Halloween!

Michelle x