In Search of the Natural Black Flower
Rare, rich, romantic, hidden, secret, unseen, deep, dark, dangerous, elegant, mysterious, mournful, quiet, controversial, strong, silent, and sleek – the color black is powerful, and natural black flowers are particularly striking.
Natural black flowers are rare – out of 4,000 flower species, only 8 are dark enough to be called “black,” and they are usually highly sought-after for their color.
In reality, natural black flowers (i.e., in nature) are a deep, dark red or purple with pigmentations so rich they appear almost black. Flowers that appear flat black are usually enhanced with artificial dyes or spray.
As a person who worships flowers, in general I don’t like to mess with Mother Nature by manipulating colors as it tends to accelerate decomposition. Rather, by combining natural black flowers with white or gray accents in our black flower arrangements, the blackness can be intensified.
Some Names of Black Flowers (Our Favorites)
Some of my favorite natural black flowers are Black Parrot Tulips, Black Star Calla, Black Baccarra, Black Dahlia flowers, Black Pearl Amaryllis, and Black Magic Roses. Here at Big Apple Florist, our rose of choice is actually the Black Magic Rose — a deep, romantic burgundy red with black edges and a velvety texture.
Throughout the year our Manhattan florist shop frequently receives calls requesting black flowers, but requests always spike during the mystical holiday of Halloween. (Who knew?)