Plant Some of These Scary Plants for Halloween

If you think Halloween is one of the most boo-tiful times of the gardening season, you’re not alone! When you outdoor space is packed with fabulous and creepy decorations, and vibrant leaves dotted with glittering pumpkins create a colorful carpet in your yard, the air is crisp with possibilities! Here are some of our favorite spooky plants that will make your garden stand out:

Plant some eerie-looking white pumpkins early in the summer for a dazzling harvest. Super Moon is an award-winning variety that can get as big as 50 pounds! Don’t forget to keep the seeds to roast as yummy snacks.

Devil’s Thorn is just one of 15 varieties named for the red-horned creature, and if you start this leafy plant with bright orange spikes from seed in early May, it can grow as tall as two feet by October!

Venus Flytraps are the stuff nightmares of made of! This carnivorous plant is native to subtropical wetlands on the U.S. East Coast, and it loves to trap and eat insects and spiders.

Bat plant: If you’re fond of winged nocturnal creatures, check out the bat plant, a tropical variety from Southeast Asia, or the bat-face cuphea, both of which look super sinister.

Fuzzy tarantula cactus plants have long legs that seem to be climbing out of the flowerpot. This variety, from the succulent family, is easy to grow, too. Beware if you’re afraid of spiders, though!

Voodoo lily blossoms are bold, bizarre-looking and blood red in color – which makes them perfect for Halloween, except that these gothic plants bloom in springtime!

Fruits from Jimsonweed – also known as devil’s breath and hell’s bells, look as sinister as they sound, with short spikes and a grenade shape. But then lovely white or purple trumpet-shaped blossoms emerge in late spring and early summer.

What kinds of creepy-sounding plants do you have in your garden? Share your scary spaces with us!


Jimsonweed: Photo Credit: CytecK Flickr via Compfight cc

Bat Plant: Photo Credit: uncle_shoggoth Flickr via Compfight cc

Tarantula cactus: Photo Credit: Camera Slayer Flickr via Compfight cc

Venus Flytrap: Photo Credit: GorissM Flickr via Compfight cc

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