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Do black flowers exist?

Here is an attempt at the impossible. Black flowers may not exist.

I admit defeat. I have no photos of black flowers. Brown is the nearest I can do.

Here is a challenge to all photo-bloggers. Can any of you photograph darker flowers than these. The pictures must be neither post-shoot manipulation nor black and white photos. Very very deep purple, dark brown, or very dark red pictures may be the best anyone produces. I think the bracts of the cyperaceous genus Ficinia in Southern Africa is the darkest black I have seen. But I have no photos of it yet.

Who is up for the challenge?

Tulips in Aberglasney Gardens, Wales, UK

Tulips at Aberglasney Gardens, Wales, UK

Kniphofia sp.

Thamnochortus rigidus - Restionaceae

Chondropetalum tectorum - Restionaceae

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    • # Cory

      This brings back great memories. As a child I desperately wanted a black flower, so my grandmother ordered them to humor me. How devastated I was when the tulips came up deep purple. But I grew to love them even more.

      2007.06.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lorna Sim

      i've seen some of those dark purple tulips before, but not black. even dried flowers don't look black...i'm going to start searching.

      2007.06.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Viktorija

      the first two are wonderful.
      but I feel a little bit disappointed - like after gift opening in Xmas when I was 5-7:) I really believed I will see the black flower here, posted by you. well, maybe I'll find it somewhere by myself.
      anyway these series of flowers are interesting and educative as well as beautiful. thank you.

      2007.05.31 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Christine

      The tulips are exceptionnal ! I wouldn't mind trying but I
      don't have a camera yet ! I'll see in my old photographs.

      2007.05.30 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Miclaud

      Nice shots and very curious colours ... I like them!!! Even with the flowers, black is beautiful ;-)

      2007.05.30 Edited Reply Cancel