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23 spooky plants for Halloween

Who needs Halloween decorations when nature provides such bizarre and beautiful creations? Display these flowers and plants to add a little haunt to your house this season...if you dare

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Sickeningly sweet
Aya Brackett

Sickeningly sweet

This orchid, Stanhopea tigrina, has super short-lived flowers that last three days maximum. Their interesting, claw-like shape beckons you closer, but then you notice their smell. It’s sweet, yes, but an oppressive kind of sweet that, in an enclosed environment, becomes much too much, all too quickly.

To grow: These can take a light frost if they’re protected, but should be moved indoors in a hard freeze. They don’t like to be dried out or exposed to hot sun. An atrium or porch is ideal.


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