This seems like such a natural for me, I can't believe I've never done it. Here we are, Black Friday...that day we pay tribute to the great American tradition of shopping. Or not. Oh I've not always been anti-Black Friday. No, there were many years my mom and brother Darin and I would head out shopping. But it was different then. No stores were open on Thanksgiving. Nobody was in line at 5am for the "door-busters." It was just a fun tradition and a way of celebrating the season and being together. These days the only kind of store I will set foot in on Black Friday is a nursery.
So, to mark the day I thought it would be fun to see what black plants I'm currently growing. Of course a lot of dark foliage isn't truly black, this Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf' for example.
There are some dark stripes on this Cordyline banksii 'Electric Flash', but not really black.
Hmm, yep, I think a few of those Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow' leaves look dark enough to be considered black.
Ditto for a few of these Astelia 'Red Devil' leaves.
Yucca desmetiana 'Blue Boy' comes close, but really dark purple is about it.
I know Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa' will have some super dark tones, if those leaves are allowed to age just right.
Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl' can also get pretty close to black, in the right sunlight.
There's definitely black on Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery', which yes, is in the ground and has been for a couple winters. It took it's sweet time to pop back and produce a leaf this year, I just noticed it a couple weeks ago.
Cordyline 'Renegade' is pretty darn dark. It's an annual though, unless we have a super mild winter.
Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' leaves are definitely black, especially against a cloudy sky.
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'...(how can you argue when black is in the name?)
The blackest of the black though? In my garden it's got to be the black mondo grass...
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Although who would argue that Daphne x houtteana isn't black?
Let's take a look inside, and see what's on the dark side; Cryptanthus 'Black Mystic' certainly counts.
Zingiber malaysianum 'Midnight' is even darker when I remember to dust the leaves.
This bromeliad with no name is pretty dark...
And this Cryptanthus 'Black Mystic' is even darker than the other one I shared.
There are quite a few dark stripes on this Vriesea fosteriana.
The Racinaea crispa has stayed pretty dark since coming inside for the cool months.
And there's no denying the splotches on this NOID Bromeliad are black.
*sigh*...so beautiful. Cryptanthus lacerdae 'Menescal' is so so dark, I'd call those stripes black—no problem.
Finally this sad little aeonium, definitely black. What about you? embracing the shopping madness today? Or staying at home with your (black?) plants?
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