So, you think the Shriek and Frankenstein are pretty creepy? It turns out plants can get even creepier! As if writing about the 3 of our favorite deadly plants wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to push our Halloween spirit to the test with our top 5 scariest plants.
- Bleeding Tooth Fungus (Hydnellum Peckii)
This ugly bugger is all looks and no bite! While it is an inedible (not toxic) fungus that looks like a bleeding toadstool or teeth, Bleeding Tooth Fungus actually forms mutually beneficial relationships with coniferous trees. This ugly plant can be found in North America.
Learn more about Bleeding Tooth Fungus on National Geographic’s article here:
- Brain Cactus (Mamillaria Elongata)
When it comes to scary looking plants, keep brain cactus in mind! This cacti is a popular ornamental plant from Mexico and looks just like a brain!
- Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula)
True to it’s nature in the sci-fi film, Little Shop of Horrors, The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant that catches its prey by trapping it within 20 seconds of contact. This scary beast can be found in the subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States, specifically in North and South Carolina.
Check out BBC’s 2:50 min video on the Venus Flytrap to watch this plant in action.
- Doll’s Eye (Actaea Pachypoda)
Doll’s Eye plant can be found in Eastern North America. It can grow as tall as two feet and has a red stalk with white eye-looking berries with black stigma. The plant and the berries are poisonous to humans. Specifically, the berries contain cariogenic toxins which, when eaten can cause cardiac arrest and even death!
- Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus Titanum)
Corpse Flower looks and smells like a monster. This plant is technically made up of many small, individual plants and can grow as tall as 10 feet. When the Corpse Flower blooms the smell is so bad it’s akin to rotting animals. Look for the Corpse Flower in rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Check out this timelapse of a blooming Corpse Flower: