7 Horrifying Plants that will Add a Chill to Your Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most horrifying plants that lurk in nature.

WARNING: the following post contains images of some seriously creepy plants.


1. Bleeding Tooth Fungus

Bleeding Tooth Fungus - Hydnellum peckiiHydnellum peckii

The young fruit bodies of the Hydnellum peckii are known to “bleed” a bright red, blood-like fluid.

2. Doll’s Eye

Doll's Eye - Actaea pachypoda Actaea pachypoda

This highly poisonous plant gets its name from its berries, which resemble eyeballs.

3. Red Devil’s Claw

Red Devil's Claw - Proboscidea parviflora Proboscidea parviflora

As the fruit of the Proboscidea parviflora dries up, the land tail of the seed pod cracks up and splits into two halves that resemble claws.

4. Brain Cactus

Brain Cactus - Mammillaria elongata cristataMammillaria elongata cristata

This particular species features a number of wavy ribs which give off the appearance of the human brain.


5. Corpse Flower

Corpse Flower - Amorphophallus TitanumAmorphophallus titanum

The odor emitted by this large flower smells like that of rotting flesh thus dubbing it the “corpse flower.”


6. Chinese Black Batflower

Chinese Black Batflower - Tacca chantrieriTacca chantrieri

The Tacca chantrieri received its name from its flowers which are somewhat bat-like in shape.


7. Dragon’s Blood Tree

Dragon's Blood Tree - Dracaena CinnabariDracaena cinnabari

The Dragon’s Blood Tree is named for its sap. Its crimson color bears a close resemblance to blood.

Did we miss your favorite blood-chilling plant? Add to the fright by posting in the comments below.


Photo credits:

Bleeding Tooth Fungus By Bernypisa – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4835805
Doll’s Eye By Robert E. Wright – uploaded from en wiki, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2181748
Red Devil’s Claw By JerryFriedman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5310888
Brain Cactus by VW Campervan-Aldridge – http://vwcampervan-aldridge.tumblr.com/
Corpse Flower By Credits: US Botanic Garden. – http://www.usbg.gov/your-visit/Titan-Day-1.cfmhttp://www.usbg.gov/images/july23at745am_lg.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3107340
Chinese Black Batflowers By Meneerke bloem – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8760858
Dragon’s Blood Tree By Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv) – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7175533

Melanie is a plant enthusiast and expert contributor at Bromeliads.info and OrchidPlantCare.info. Melanie's experience in internet marketing, business management, and horticulture allows her to bring a unique perspective to the community. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and is the Marketing Director at NewPro Containers.

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