Halloween is the perfect time of year to focus on the creepy, smelly, and scary members of the botanical world. With creepy names, blood red coloring, sharp spikes and stinky odors, this is the time to celebrate those plants that would fit right in with Morticia and Gomez’s plants in the Addams Family garden.
These strange and amazing indoor plants can be exciting additions to your Halloween décor at home for trick-or-treaters and are also fun ways to celebrate the season in the office. Here are some of our favorite creepy plants to use in your spooky decorating:
The Blood Lily does not disappoint with their “blood” coloring. These plants may only bloom for a short time period, but when they are in full flower, they feature a blood red, shaggy flower.
Also known as the fingered citron, the Buddha’s hand is one of the oldest citrus fruits. They are sometimes described as a “lemon with fingers” due to their elongated fruits that resemble long, yellowed fingers. How creepy!
Also known as the Crow’s Claw barrel cactus, this plant is a native to the mountains of Mexico and flowers in fall or early winter. As a cactus, they are known as easy-to-grow indoor plants and are a favorite among cactus enthusiasts because of their ability to flower at a young age. In addition to their evil-sounding name, the feature an unsettlingly lurid red flower in the center surrounded by dangerous spikes.
If you were to accidentally step on this plant, you would immediately understand how and why the Skunk Cabbage got its name. Its gag-inducing smell is a defense mechanism that keeps animals from eating it and attracts potential pollinators. Although they may be used to decorate indoors, it is probably a good idea to keep these plants outside.
Venus Flytrap and Pitcher Plants
What could possibly be creepier in the plant world than a plant that eats living creatures? The Venus flytrap and pitcher plants are carnivorous plants that trap insects inside themselves and digest them for nutrients. While the Venus Flytrap features special leaves that close when a bug or fly lands on them, pitcher plants develop “pitchers” that are filled with fluid which attract bugs so that they cannot climb out.
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