All Things Gardening forum: Black (or blackest) flowers

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 1, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Just curious--what flowers reach the closest to "black" in color?

I have seen some hellebores that get close. But "black" tulips and roses are always purple.

Any feedback or experience?
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longk
Mar 1, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Is this black enough............
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Salvia and anything unusual
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Mar 1, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Irises, columbine.







Here's a list of some more. Lots more even after all these in this post. nodding
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 1, 2017 9:33 AM CST
longk said:Is this black enough............
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It's very pretty but it's purple and white in addition to black. I'd still grow it though. Thumbs up
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Mar 1, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Heh, realized I never posted my link. My brain is working now so here's the link.

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/...
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 1, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Copied from google...

Black is, by definition, the absence of color. Color is determined when the human eye absorbs the wavelengths of visible light, and an object that is truly black is an object that does not reflect light, so there is no light for the eyes to interpret.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 9:33 PM CST
But 'black' flowers aren't truly black. I think most are just really dark purple.

I have an orchid called Maxillaria schunkeana that seems pretty black. The world's blackest flower is supposed to be a petunia called Black Velvet.
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