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Horrible Houseplants to Grow for Halloween

If you’re looking for some spooky plants to add to your Halloween decorations this year, look no further! These five houseplants are sure to give you the creeps. From the carnivorous Venus flytrap to the poisonous oleander, these plants are not for the faint of heart. So if you’re looking to add a little extra horror to your holiday decor, consider adding one (or all!) of these plants to your home.

Plants that look like they’re from a horror movie

When most people think of houseplants, they think of peaceful, easy-to-care-for greenery. But there are some plants out there that look like they came straight out of a horror movie. If you’re looking to add a touch of the macabre to your home this Halloween, consider growing one (or all) of these eerie plants.

Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

Also known as the “devil’s flower,” the black bat flower is a species native to South Asia. It gets its name from its large, black flowers that resemble bats in flight. The plant can grow up to four feet tall and produces both male and female flowers. While it’s not the easiest plant to care for (it requires high humidity and temperatures between 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s definitely worth the effort for its unique appearance.

Deadly nightshade

One of the most popular plants to grow for Halloween is deadly nightshade. The plant gets its name from the fact that it is poisonous to humans and animals. While the berries of the plant are the most dangerous part, all parts of the plant are considered poisonous. Symptoms of poisonings include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death. If you’re looking to add a bit of danger to your Halloween decorations, deadly nightshade is the perfect plant for you!


Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) is a herbaceous perennial plant with large, fleshy roots and dark green leaves. The flowers are small and white, with purple sepals. The fruit is an orange-red berry. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

The mandrake has a long history of use in magic and medicine. It was used in ancient Greece and Rome as an anaesthetic for surgery. In medieval Europe it was used to make love potions and flying ointments. Today it is used in herbal medicine as a treatment for gout, rheumatism and nervous disorders.

The mandrake root is often depicted in popular culture as being anthropomorphic, with a human head and arms growing from the top of the root.

Doll’s eyes

One of the most popular Halloween decorations is the humble pumpkin. But did you know that there are actually a few varieties of pumpkins that are poisonous to humans? One such variety is the Doll’s Eye pumpkin. Also known as the white berry, this plant contains solanine, a toxic compound that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even paralysis in high enough doses. So if you’re looking to add a little extra scare factor to your Halloween décor this year, make sure to steer clear of the Doll’s Eye pumpkin!

Venus flytrap

The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that gets its nutrients from bugs and insects. The plant has a unique trap that snaps shut when an unsuspecting victim brushes against one of the trigger hairs. Once the trap is activated, the plant secretes enzymes that dissolve the insect, which the plant then absorbs.

While the Venus flytrap is not necessarily a “horrible” houseplant, it is definitely not something you want to grow if you have small children or pets. The plant is also quite difficult to care for and requires a lot of attention. If you’re looking for a carnivorous plant to grow this Halloween, we recommend sticking with something a little less dangerous like the pitcher plant.

Pitcher plant

Pitcher plants are one of the most popular houseplants to grow for Halloween. They are easy to care for and can be found in many different colors and sizes. Pitcher plants are perfect for adding a touch of horror to your home décor.

Conclusion: Think twice before adding these plants to your home

When it comes to adding plants to your home, think twice before adding any of the following plants. These plants are more trouble than they’re worth and will only end up costing you time and money.

The first plant on our list is the blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis). This plant is a perennial that blooms in the summer and can reach up to three feet in height. The blackberry lily is known for its large, orange flowers that resemble blackberries. While the plant is considered non-toxic to humans, it can be fatal to cats and dogs if ingested. The blackberry lily is also susceptible to a number of diseases, including powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot.