Nightmarish ghouls and creepy monsters not your thing? If you want a lovely look this Halloween (and all year long) check out these black succulents.
Black succulents are beautiful, and maybe perfect for a gothic charm. With dark leaves that look like monster claws, these plants will bring the spooky vibe to your Halloween party. These succulents, different varieties of Echeveria, come in many colors but those with dark shades will complement the bright hues of pumpkins and gourds and give a nice contrast to your Halloween decorations.
If you want something with a unique shape, go for the Black Prince. It is the echeveria with dark leaves and it can make a great centerpiece to your Halloween decorations. The rosettes of thick, while appearing black, are in fact a deep purple, the perfect complement to the orange pumpkin.
As with all succulents, they have rosettes of thick, curved, pointed leaves but the leaves are bright green but turn a darker shade as they grow.
The ‘Black Prince’ is priced at $9.85 on Amazon and can grow up to six inches tall and eight inches wide.
Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ is another popular succulent with a dark shade, ranging between a dark purple and black. Commonly called the Black Rose aeonium, it grows up to three feet tall with the rosettes of leaves growing to eight inches in diameter.
The plants perform well indoors in a bright window sill, or on outdoor patio areas year-round. If desired, you can grow the plants indoors year-round. Water the soil in the black rose pot only when it feels dry to at least a 1 inch depth. Black rose plants require less moisture than other succulents
Succulents come in a host of colors that you could use to customize your Halloween decoration as you find fit. You can find brighter shades such as blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white and burgundy if you’re looking to contrast darker shades of succulents. Different varieties of succulents have starkly contrasting leaves that may be rounded, needlelike, berrylike, ruffled, or even spiky.
My personal favourite of the brightly coloured varieties, is the Blue Lithops Perennial Pseudotruncatella, pictured below.
Despite widespread belief, most succulents do not thrive if blasted with the hottest temps and the fullest sun exposure. While they appreciate a lot of light (and very few survive in full shade), most succulents need sun protection, especially if the temperature hits the 90-degree-mark, or if they’re small. Succulents like it when soil approaches dry before being watered. But what does this mean, you ask? It means you’ll likely be a-ok if, during dry times, if you water small pots about once a week and large pots about every two weeks. Remember-succulent roots hate excess water. Be sure there’s drainage in your container.
Sinocrassula yunnanensis is a short, spiky succulent which looks black, but is really an extremely dark green. In fact, it is called “Chinese Jade” by some botanists.
They kind of look like hedgehogs. Halloween hedgehogs.
These will form clumps of upright, closely packed rosettes of fleshy dark green, almost black, pointed leaves over the years. Their ideal conditions are full sun, or partial shade with free-draining soil or compost. Perfectly suited for planting in gravel gardens, paved areas, rockeries and small containers. Try mixing with other succulents for a truly creative garden experience.
Do you have a favourite dark succulent?