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The weird and the wonderful – six spooky plants for Halloween

Not all Halloween decorations need to be fake spider webs and witches’ hats! Why not consider using ‘scary’ and dramatic looking house plants and create a display that mixes pumpkins and gourds? Here are six suggestions from Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design


1 Tacca Chantrieri (bat flower)

A truly unusual plant with bat flowers that has whiskers which spread 30cm across and can grow up to 60cm tall.

Give your plant plenty of light – keep it moist at all times and your plant will keep on giving you lots of these eerie looking flowers.

2 Calla Lily (black star)

Stunning blooms – the deepest coloured calla lily with dark maroon-black spathes and lush green foliage. They grow up to 60cm tall. These mood setting beauties can offer up to seven flowers on dark tube like stems on each plant which are also great as cut flowers.

Keep moist and ensure that the soil is well drained.

3 Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’ – (Elephants Ear)

Known as the mask plant, its large dark green leaves are shaped like arrowheads with defined silver veins running through them. Grows up to 60cm tall.

Keep in a bright and humid environment. Water weekly and mist frequently

4 Tillandsia xerographica (Air Plant)

Native to Mexico and found hanging from high branches, it has silver spider like foliage.

This is a very low maintenance plant – just mist!  They can be positioned anywhere within the house.

5 Sansevieria ‘Fernwood Punk’ (Snack Plant)

It has crazy, dark green patterned spiky leaves and can grow up to 30cm tall.

Very easy to care for happy in a sunny spot but equally does well in a darker location – just don’t over water.

Also has great air purifying qualities.

6 Nertera granadensis (Coral Beach House)

An awesome autumnal plant that likes to spread out as it grows and is adorned with small orange berries. A great inclusion to your Halloween display.

It likes to be moist during summer months. Allow to dry between watering in winter months and keep away from direct sunlight.

As berries turn black, they should be carefully discarded.

Ian Drummond is an interior landscape designer, RHS Chelsea Flower Show multi-medal winner, co-author of At Home With Plants and creative director of Indoor Garden Design and In Tray Plants. 

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