Bat flowers. Lily-of-the-Nile. Devil’s tongue. Cobra lily. Black cow parsley.
Each of these plants is a lovely shade of black.
Once you open the pages of Paul Bonine’s Black Plants, you’ll no longer associate the floral color with Morticia Addams’ garden or a Goth funeral wreath. Bonine, co-owner of the wholesale nursery Xera Plants in Sherwood, OR, will have you craving a patch of “dusky denizens” in your organic garden.
Hauntingly beautiful, 75 black annuals, perennials, bulbs and shrubs are featured. You’ll find black varieties of common favorites like pansies and columbines, as well as more exotic offerings. (Dracula orchids, anyone?)
The 160-page book retails for $14.95, but Amazon is selling it for $10.17 (at press time), a 32% discount.