Black is the elusive colour for flowers, we don’t really have any true black flowers. There are many varieties of flower called black, like black beauty rose and black forest calla lily, but they are really a very deep purple or red. Dark colours recede, so when you look at them from a distance they appear to move away and look darker. Care should be taken when using a few dark flowers with lighter colours, as a single purple flower can often look like a hole in a design if used with paler flowers. Dark purple flowers have an intriguing, inky black quality and deep red flowers are luxurious and velvety.
Flowers use their colour to attract insects to pollinate them that is why darker flowers are rarer in nature. The flowers in my list are all available as cut flowers, but they are not the kind of flowers you will find if you just pop into your florist. A florist may have the odd black flower in stock but generally they are ordered in.
Counting down from number 10:
10 – cornflower
These pretty summer flowers are traditionally blue, but the black variety is very striking. ‘black ball’ is a very deep red with hints of chocolate.
Most black flowers are either dark red or purple, gladioli come in both colours. They have fabulous long stems up to a metre long, perfect for big vases or pedestal arrangements.
8 – Sweet peas
These delicate flowers are available in a very dark red or purple. They have short stems as cut flowers, but they are perfect for wedding work. Sweet Peas have a fabulous scent and are available from March to November.
Carnations are great value for money and available all year round. They are the cheapest black flower in my top ten list. They are ideal to fill out arrangements or work well used on their own in compact designs. Moon vista is a lovely deep purple with a velvety sheen.
6 – Dahlia
Black dahlias are a gorgeous shade of deep red. Their symmetrical petals are exquisite in this velvety shade. They are available from June to October.
The top five black flowers will follow tomorrow.
Dahlia at top of article – thetreasuredpetal.wordpress.com by Trista Lerit photography
Carnation – florigene.com
Sweet pea – playingwithflowers.co.uk
Gladioli – dutchgardens.com
Cornflower – kerneliv.dk
Dahlia – fightthefondant.blogspot.co.uk