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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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