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Ghastly Houseplants for October!

The goosebump factor of these exotic and unusual plants is high! They are perfect for creating Halloween vibes and look gorgeous the rest of the year too. Embrace the gothic spirit of the season and surround yourself with slightly sinister plants!

Alocasia reginula

Common name: Black Velvet Alocasia
Why We Love It: Silver veins shine against a background of black velvety leaves
Light: Grows best in medium to bright indirect light
Water: Let the top of the soil dry out slightly before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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Philodendron ‘Bloody Mary’

Common name: Bloody Mary Philodendron

Why We Love It: Juvenile leaves are blood red and deepen to a deep dark green top with a burgundy underside
Light: Indirect, bright to medium light
Water: Let the top inch of the soil dry to the touch before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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Peperomia metallica var. colombiana

Common name: Peperomia metallica
Why We Love It: Reddish green leaves have a cool silvery stripe flowing down the middle
Light: Indirect, medium light
Water: Let the top of the soil dry out slightly before watering
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Aeschynanthus longicaulis ‘Black Pagoda’

Common Name: Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant
Why We Love It: The purple striped foliage and bright orange lipstick shaped blooms
Light: Indirect, bright to medium light
Water: Let the top of the soil dry out slightly before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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Philodendron ‘Black Cardinal’

Common name: Black Cardinal Philodendron

Why We Love It: This non-vining philodendron has dramatic reddish black leaves that bring a bit of drama to the plant stand
Light: Indirect, medium light
Water: Let the top inch of the soil dry to the touch before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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Begonia rhizomatous hyb. ‘Tiger Paw’

Common Name: Tiger Paw Begonia
Why We Love It: We haven’t heard it roar yet but we still love the chocolate brown leaves with chartreuse splashes
Light: Indirect, medium light
Water: Regular water but let the top of the soil dry out slightly before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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Alocasia reversa ‘Dewey’s Reversa’

Common Name: Dewey’s Reversa Alocasia

Why We Love It: The iridescent copper sheen on top of the leaf seems to change color if viewed from different angles, with purplish red undersides
Light: Indirect, medium light
Water: Let the top of soil dry between waterings
Pet Friendly: No

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Cryptanthus ‘Absolute Zero’

Common Name: Earth Star Bromeliad

Why We Love It: Vibrant silver and black banded leaves are a showstopper on this terrestrial bromeliad
Light: Indirect, bright to medium light
Water: Likes regular water, somewhat drought tolerant, never let the bottom of the pot sit in water
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Epipremnum pinnatum

Common Name: The Dragon Tail Plant
Why We Love It: The dark green leaves split into long, fingery fenestrations as they age
Light: Indirect, medium light
Water: Let the top inch of the soil dry to the touch before watering
Pet Friendly: No

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