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Wednesday What's New: Black Plants Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'

Black. Now there's a flower color I've never given much thought to but apparently there is quite a bit of interest in it. In fact, Karen Platt has written several books on the topic including Black Magic and Purple Passion and The Best of Black Plants.

While the color black is not a true color in nature, horticulturists have been able to select for the darkest shades of blue (such as the Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow' pictured above), purple (like eggplants or those dark purple pansies), or even deep red like the black rose cultivar. All of these are described as black in color and appear so to the eye.

Platt says there are more than 2,759 black plants, although in terms of numbers this is but a drop in the proverbial plant bucket. This number of course includes plants that have either black flowers or black foliage, or I suppose, sometimes both. Plants with dark purplish to burgundy-black foliage such as purple basil or Ajuga (a common groundcover) are often grown in the garden but seldom thought of as being a black plant. Black plants can be used as accents in the garden or in containers. You could even create a small black plant garden as a point of interest in your garden.