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Black Flower Bouquet: Why Send It?

The color black is closely associated with sadness, death, and grief; representing fear and evil. So, why would one ever think of gifting a black flower bouquet?

While black oftentimes symbolizes negatives, it can also carry a positive meaning. The color of the night, black is the unknown that encourages one to imagine things different from the colors of the day. Black can be the color of elegance, sophistication, power, and formality.

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Flower arrangements in black are stunning and provide a dramatic rather than just a merely pretty look. Flower arrangements or flower bouquet with black flowers brings a touch of mystery or unconventionality. But black flowers exist only in the imagination. The flowers we believe to be black are most often times the deepest shade of plum, purple, maroon, or burgundy. Or they’re tinted and can look unnatural.

A flower bouquet or flower arrangements are seldom completely made up of black flowers because they would look so dark and menacing. Also, one might consider not gifting black flowers to loved ones unless the message they want to express is “breaking up” or “goodbye”. It is normal to think of black flowers for wakes and funerals as a symbol of mourning. Even then, mixing black flowers with colored flowers makes for interesting flower arrangements.

Some suggestions are:

  • Black strongly highlights bright colors when side-by-side. Think sunflower yellow, ruby red, or sapphire blue mixed in the foliage of emerald green.
  • Black is the darkest shade, it goes well with dark burgundy and deep purple flowers.
  • White flowers provide a contrast.
  • Jewelry is often used as an accessory to a black evening gown. So, why not gift a flower bouquet when sending a gift of fine gold jewelry, diamonds, or pearls.

Despite that no real flowers of black exist in nature, there is a profusion of nearly black flowers to choose from when choosing for your flower bouquet or flower arrangements. The most popular of which are:

Lily. Black calla lilies are one of the “blackest” species of black flowers. Tiger and Asiatic lilies also come in black or a combination of back and white. But whatever color, lilies are often used for funeral flower arrangements; they symbolize that the soul of the departed receives innocence.

Orchid. Dark burgundy to maroon and deep purple, black orchids are the rarest varieties. Orchids are elegant, sophisticated, and delicate with a soft fragrance.