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8 scary plants to fend off trick-or-treaters

Nature can be pretty scary, and plants are definitely a big part of this – though tarantulas probably take the biscuit. From poisonous fruits to spike-covered branches, in the spirit of Halloween, Pro Landscaper has collated eight of the most scary plants in the world!

Black bat flower

Chinese myshetsvet

This flower can grow to be as long as 12 inches and has ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches in length. The Black Bat Flower is native to tropical regions in south east Asia.

Bleeding Tooth Fungus

Hydnellum Peckii

The body of this plant can ‘bleed’ a bright red fluid, containing a pigment known to have anticoagulant properties.Hydnellum peckii2.jpg

Purple Devil

Solanum atropurpureum

This highly toxic plant is armed with spiny prickles and its stem remains a sinister dark purple throughout the year.purple devil

Dracula Orchids

These small to medium sized epiphytes have very unusual, somewhat other-worldly flowers. There are approximately 90 species that can be found in moist forests.Related image

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis

This winter-flowering shrub has a spicy fragrance and spidery flowers in yellow, orange and reds.Image result for witch hazel plant

Devil’s Claw

Proboscidea louisianica

It is the fruit of this plant that provides the fear factor! Once dried, the fruit shrivels into a terrifying three-pronged claw.Related image

Doll’s eyes

Actaea pachypoda

The white flowers of this herbaceous perennial form white buds with eerie black dots that make its common name clear.white baneberry

Corpse Flower

Amorphophallus Titanum

Despite its aesthetically pleasing shape, it is the smell that put the Corpse Flower on this list of scary plants. Frequently described as smelling of ‘rotting flesh’, we can’t think of many more sinister fragrances.Image result for amorphophallus titanum bbc

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