18 Plants With Stunning White and Black Flowers

If you are looking for plants that have both black and white flowers, but don't know where to start - you are in luck! There are several plants with white and black flowers you can add to your garden this season. In this article, we take a look at our favorites, with names and pictures of each!

plants with white and black flowers


White and black is a classic, elegant combo that can look stunning in any setting – including the garden. Plus, black is a rare color in nature, so any flower with black or near-black coloration is always eye-catching. How would you like it if there were flowers that held both black and white?

Well, this combination does exist in nature! Though sometimes the black is actually a deep, dark purple or red. This classic color combination appears in many different types of flowers from lilies, petunias, and pansies.

Whether you’re looking for primarily black flowers with white or white with black, we’ve got an extensive list with plenty of options. Add some of this intrigue to your garden by checking out these varieties of black and white flowers.

Anemone Carmel White

Anemone coronaria ‘Carmel White’
Anemones do not tolerate extreme heat and drafts.
Scientific Name: Anemone coronaria ‘Carmel White’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Mediterranean
  • Plant Size: 10-16″
  • Sun Exposure:  Full Sun or Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 8-10

The bright flowers of anemones appear similar to poppies, with a dark circular center bursting against white petals. It’s not hard to get beautiful buds with these flowers, and they’re a suitable option for container planting.

These unique flowers are easy to grow, and they’re also deer resistant perennials. You’ll only need to water them about once a week as they have average watering needs.

If you want a flower for cutting, these are a great option in arrangements. Their white buds and stark black centers add plenty of contrast to any bouquet.

‘Big Bang’ Lily

Big Bang Lily
Big Bang Lily is an excellent decoration for the garden because of its huge and fragrant white flowers.
Scientific Name: Lilium ‘Big Bang’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Asia
  • Plant Size: 48″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

A stunning flower with a dark burgundy to black center exploding onto white petals, the Big Bang Lily is one of the many lilies that can live up to its name. Lilies in general are easy to grow, and ‘Big Bang’ falls into that category.

Although it occasionally isn’t a true black, it’s as dark as some flowers get, and the deep color against the pale petals appears similar. These beautiful buds also can be tinged with pink and have showy stamens.

The showy flowers can be quite fragrant, too. If you plant some of these perennial Big Bang Lilies, you’ll be sure to enjoy them for years to come. They’ll make a great staple in yearly flower cuttings.

Black Widow

Geranium phaeum
Black Widow has a high resistance to pests and diseases, as well as low maintenance requirements.
Scientific Name: Geranium phaeum
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 24-36″
  • Sun Exposure:  Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

The Black Widow geranium, also known as a Mourning Widow, are dark, drooping flowers with bright white centers. They can grow quite tall and tend to grow in dense patches.

Sometimes, it can help give these plants some support as they grow, so they don’t droop. Although they can live in full sun, they’ll prefer the partial shade spots. If you need a hardy flower for the areas, these might be the answer.

Plus, these blooms attract plenty of butterflies to the garden. Despite their attraction to the pollinators, they’re deer and rabbit resistant. These flowers have plenty to offer for little work.

Crazytunia Black and White

Crazytunia Flower With White Petals and Dark Purple Streaks
Crazytunia Black and White has deep purple veins that burst from a dark eye in the center of bright white petals.
Scientific Name: Petunia hybrida ‘Crazytunia Black&White’
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Geographic Origin: Germany
  • Plant Size: 8-10″
  • Sun Exposure:  Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 9-11

Crazytunia hybrids have taken gardeners by storm with their unique color combinations. The Crazytunia Black and White has regal beauty, with bright white petals and a dark center eye. There are also dark veins that emerge from the center of these trumpet-shaped flowers.

This fantastic flower is an ideal option if you’re searching for flowers that are mostly white with black. They prefer full sunlight. You can water them sparingly as it’s best not to risk soggy soil with these petunias.

The Crazytunia Black and White is an easy flower to grow. They can provide plenty of ground cover or sit on desks or sills. The Crazytunia’s striking appearance will catch eyes.

False Shamrock

Oxalis triangularis
In the spring and summer, water the False Shamrock abundantly, but don’t let the water stagnate.
Scientific Name: Oxalis triangularis
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: South America
  • Plant Size: 6-12″
  • Sun Exposure:  Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Plant Zone: 8-11

False Shamrock gets its name from the large foliage growing in three leaves, similar to shamrocks. The foliage can range from a typical green to a variegated to a deep maroon black. From the foliage, light white flowers grow.

This flowering plant makes ideal border plants or can be grown in containers. The bright buds should attract some butterflies, while the foliage is hardy and deer-resistant.

It’s best to allow some time for False Shamrocks to dry between waterings, but they can use some extra help while they’re blooming.


Hibiscus trionum
Flower-of-an-Hour loves abundant sunlight, which it needs for at least six hours a day.
Scientific Name: Hibiscus trionum
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 12-36″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 10-11

Flower-of-an-Hour has large white, hibiscus-like petals with a deep, dark center. The center has a decorative bright orange stamen. They have lovely textured green foliage, and they’ll fill out any container or bed.

They get their name from their unique blooming conditions. Each flower will only bloom for a single day before dying off, and they’re likely to not bloom on a cloudy day. Don’t worry because these plants produce plenty of buds throughout the blooming season.

Although they’re an annual plant, they tend to self-seed pretty well. There’s a good chance they may begin to regrow if the pot is undisturbed.

If grown in areas with no frosts, it can even be like a regular perennial.

Hillside Black Beauty

Actaea simplex
During flowering, the Hillside Black Beauty throws out tall, up to 2 m peduncles with racemose inflorescences.
Scientific Name: Actaea simplex
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Eastern North America
  • Plant Size: 48-60″
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun or Full Shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

These plants have stunning, tall white flowers and black foliage. The Hillside Black Beauty can make a great addition to fill out space in any garden with its thick ground cover and bright flowers.

The tall rods of white flowers bloom from late summer to early fall. They have a fragrant, fruity smell that can attract plenty of butterflies and birds. These plants have another common name, Bugbane, which can keep away pesky insects.

The perennial plants will come back year after year, and it’s best to keep them in shady areas of the garden. They don’t usually have too many pest issues but watch out for rust on the leaves.

Nemophila Snowstorm

Nemophila Snowstorm Flowers
Nemophila Snowstorm grows best in sunny to semi-shady locations.
Scientific Name: Nemophila menziesii
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Western North America
  • Plant Size: 4″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 1-10

Nemophila Snowstorm is a short white and black flower with smaller flower buds. The delicate white petals have a splash of black coming from the center. They have a very unique, dotted look that’s quite eye-catching.

These bloom early in the spring, making them an ideal option for local pollinators as the season begins. They prefer to be in areas with plenty of sunlight to show their bright faces.

These little flowers can fill out a container well and pair great with any other small ground flower. Adding different varieties can bring in some extra blue color.

Onyx Odyssey Hellebore

Black Onyx Hellebore
Onyx Odyssey Hellebore grows well in moist, even compacted soil, but is well-drained and acidic.
Scientific Name: Helleborus x hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 18-22″
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

A dramatic flower, the Onyx Odyssey Hellebore is a hellebore hybrid that has deep black to near-black and purple petals surrounding a white or yellow center. The flower resembles a rose with sharper petals.

These black flowers with white markings will do best in partially shady to fully shaded areas. Their tall buds rest atop plenty of thick, evergreen foliage. Their dark buds will be some of the first to open in early spring.

They have attractive buds that should self-seed and come back every year. Onyx Odyssey Hellebore can be toxic to humans and all pets if ingested and should even be handled with proper skin protection as they can cause mild irritation. With mindful care, they can be a fantastic addition to the garden.

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Pansy Giant White Black Face

Pansy Giant White Black Face
In late April – early May, when the first buds open, the Pansy Giant White Black Face is fed with complex mineral fertilizers.
Scientific Name: Viola tricolor var. Hortensis
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 6-9″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 7-10

A fun variety of common pansies, the Pansy Giant White Black Face has large, white petals with spots of black on the inner flower face. They’re sure to add plenty of beauty no matter where you plant them, from the garden bed to window containers.

These timeless flowers have been a point of interest since the 1800s when gardeners first began creating new varieties. Since then, there have been so many color changes that you can pair these flowers with any combination.

Pansies will show their faces in the early spring and attract the first few butterflies of the year. Depending on your area, they can bloom all year long for some fun, consistent color.

Pantaloons Foxglove

Pantaloons Foxglove
Pantaloons Foxglove fragrance attracts butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds.
Scientific Name: Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Split’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 36-48″
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Pantaloons Foxglove is a large, rod-like plant that flowers in cascading, bell-shaped buds. The flowers have ruffled white petals with a deep, dark center. Foxglove is known for being attractive, showy additions to any garden.

These fantastic flowers attract pollinators while keeping pests like deer and rabbits at bay. Bell-shaped buds may even bring more exotic guests to your garden, like hummingbirds. If you plant from seed, it’s crucial to know that these plants won’t bloom until their second year.

They can grow in partial shade without too much issue and have average watering needs. They must have good draining, as crown rot can hurt them. At the end of the season, you can allow the stalks to fall so they can self-seed.

Penny Black

Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black'
With a lack of lighting, the Penny Black plant stretches and blooms worse.
Scientific Name: Nemophila menziesii ‘Penny Black’
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Geographic Origin: Western North America
  • Plant Size: 4-6″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 1-10

Penny Black is a stylish little flower with violet, near-black petals with thinly lined white at the outer edges. The center bursts out with more white, creating a unique bud.

These flowers are a variety of the other Nemophila Snowstorm flowers mentioned before, and they’d pair well together as opposites. Penny Black’s low flowers can do a great job at filling out any container or garden bed.

They will bloom early in the year during the start of spring and should attract plenty of friendly pollinators. You’ll enjoy growing these showy flowers with little effort.

Royal Wedding Oriental Poppy

Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
Royal Wedding Oriental Poppy produces white slightly ruffled flowers with a maroon (almost black) center.
Scientific Name: Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Asia
  • Plant Size: 24-36″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

Royal Wedding Oriental Poppies are a large flowering variety of poppy that will bloom from late spring to early summer. The large white petals form a classic poppy cup around a deep, dark center with some black dots on the innermost petals.

The showy buds attract butterflies and hummingbirds alike. Still, they’re a hardy plant that resists deer and rabbits and can be drought tolerant. They prefer the sun but won’t do well in particularly hot or humid summers.

Their blooms will go dormant after the early summer, so don’t expect flowers for long. If you plant these in your garden, it can be helpful to add other flowers between them to add more interest throughout the year.

Sappho Rhododendron

Rhododendron 'Sappho'
In the care of Sappho Rhododendron, the main point is maintaining soil moisture.
Scientific Name: Rhododendron ‘Sappho’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: England
  • Plant Size: 72-96″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The Sappho Rhododendron is a unique rhododendron variety. It’s a large, shrub-like plant with white and black flowers. These buds have big white flowers with dark magenta spots and prominent stamens.

Their massive size makes them an ideal choice for the borders of gardens. They form bunches of flowers that are eye-catching and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. It has around average water needs and can be drought tolerant.

This variety of Rhododendron gets its name from the ancient Grecian poet Sappho. She was a prominent poet with many lost works, but today we can still enjoy these beautiful flowers in her name.

Silver Laced Primrose

Primula 'Victoriana Silver Lace Black'
During the flowering period, the Silver Laced Primrose plant is watered after the top layer of the substrate has dried out.
Scientific Name: Primula ‘Victoriana Silver Lace Black’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Europe
  • Plant Size: 6-8″
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

The Silver-Laced Primrose is a fun plant with white and black flowers with a burst of color, too. These buds feature bright yellow centers that transition to black before the petals finish in a line of yellow. Their color variety ensures that they’ll add plenty of visual interest to any garden.

The low-growing flowers can be grown in containers or beds. They won’t do well in the full sun, and they prefer soil that is kept pretty moist. Because of this, it can be helpful to keep an eye out for any harmful slugs looking for a way into your flower pots.

Still, these hardy plants are deer and rabbit resistant. They’ll provide plenty of fragrance and fun.

White Batflower

Black and White Bat Flower
The Whitebatflower has an other-worldly appearance.
Scientific Name: Tacca integrifolia
  • Plant Type: Tropical Herb
  • Geographic Origin: Tropical and Subtropical Asia
  • Plant Size: 24-36″
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Shade, Shade
  • Plant Zone: 10-11

This wicked-looking flower is a rare find. They are from the Asian tropical rainforests so they grow best in warm, humid environments. Low to moderate sunlight conditions are best as bright, direct sun will scorch and dry out this flower. The soil should be evenly moist but never wet.

The White Batflower grows larger than the black version of this flower, the Black Batflower. The white and dark purple blossoms can bloom up to eight times in one season during the warmer months.

If and when you finally get your hands on this exceptional plant, it will certainly be a conversation starter.

White Black-Eyed Susan

Thunbergia alata
When White Black-Eyed Susan blooms, watering should become abundant, otherwise, the Thunbergia will begin to drop off its leaves.
Scientific Name: Thunbergia alata
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Geographic Origin: North America
  • Plant Size: 60-96″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Sun
  • Plant Zone: 10-11

White Black-Eyed Susans are a unique variety of common plants, replacing the yellow petals with pure white around the classic black center. They can appear similar to daisies, but don’t be fooled because these are vine flowers.

They can grow in most areas, but from hanging planters or along walls is where their vine-like qualities will shine. These flowers tend to grow without needing much support or help, and if you plant them in garden beds, they may begin to climb their neighbors.

Still, with guidance, they can create quite a stunning display of flowers. Their bright flowers will bloom from spring until the end of summer. Take advantage of this fun variety of Black-Eyed Susans.

White Hot Spot Lily

White Hot Spot Lily
This lily has a deep red center that spreads up through the petal before turning into crisp, white tips.
Scientific Name: Lilium ‘White Hot Spot’
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Geographic Origin: Asia
  • Plant Size: 10-12″
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

The showy flowers of the White Hot Spot Lily are often used as cut flowers. About 3-5 enormous flowers bloom from each stem, making quite an appearance in both gardens and bouquets.

The White Hot Spot grows just like other Asiatic lilies. They love full sunlight, and at least six hours is imperative. Plant them with low-growing perennials to help keep their roots cool.

Drainage is a critical component of the soil used to plant lilies. It should not hold water. Soil richly amended with organic matter is ideal.

The contrasting blooms appear early to midsummer. Be on the lookout for pests, such as deer, in the winter. You may need to stake your lilies down before the blossoms weigh the stem down. Just be sure not to impale the bulb.

Final Thoughts

There are so many stunning white and black flowers, and each has its unique benefits. These flowers can be an ideal option whether you’re looking to add some variety to the shade garden or spice up your windowsill containers. So, feel confident digging up a new space for any of these flowers and enjoy the beautiful buds.

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