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5+ Eerie Flowers That Look Like Skulls

In the world of an eerie and fascinating world of plants, some flowers look like skulls that make excellent natural elements for Halloween.

In general, dried Snapdragons, Monster Orchids, and Skull Orchids are some flowers that look like skulls. Some of these flowers have spooky patterns resembling skulls, while some have skull-like shapes.

So, continue reading till the end to find out all of the exotic flowers that appear like a skull.

Flowers That Look Like Skulls

Thanks to the natural mimicry and sometimes the shape of the flowers, some flowers look like human skulls.

So, such flowers make an excellent addition if you want an eerie, spooky element in your garden.

Now, without further ado, here are the six unique flowers that look like skulls.

1. Dried Snapdragon

The flowers of Snapdragon look vibrant and positive when it is in their prime. But once Snapdragon flowers dry up, they look like miniature skulls.

Also, with the right plant timing, you can have spooky dried Snapdragon flowers that look like skulls during Halloween.

seed pods of Snapdragon
Snapdragon seedpods look like a dead human skull.

For that, aim to plant or propagate Snapdragons in Spring or 8-12 weeks before the last frost date indoors.

2. Skull Orchid

True to its name, Skull Orchid (Catasetum integerrimum) has flowers that look like uncanny human skulls.

Native to South America, the Skull Orchids produce showy, skull-like flowers arranged on long spikes.

skull orchid flowers that look like skulls
The Skull Orchid has a lip that looks like a skull from some angles because of its shape and color.

Also the flowers may also resemble a monk wearing yellowish-green cowls or capes and a hood.

Despite being one of the beneficial Orchids, Skull Orchids are easy to care for.

3. Monster Orchid

Monster Orchid (Catasetum sanguineum ‘Patrick’) also has a unique flower that looks like a skull.

The showy flowers are pale yellow with irregular purple patches that look like the eyes of a skull gazing at you.

monster orchid flowers that look like skulls
At certain angles, the flower of the Monster Orchid looks like a skull that is gazing at you.

These spooky Monster Orchid flowers can last up to two weeks and thrive in well-draining substrate.

4. Skullcap Flower

Unlike Snapdragons that look like skulls after drying up, Skullcap (Scutellaria) flowers look like miniature skulls from the get-go.

The Skullcap flowers are blue or purple tubular shaped with a two-lipped structure. The upper lip of the flower is slightly bumpy, giving the flower a skull-like appearance.

skullcap flower
The Skullcap flower is a perennial low-maintenance plant of the Mint family.

However, some people do not think they look like skulls and, instead, they say the Skullcap looks like a helmet.

5. Darth Vader Flower

Another fascinating flower we have on this list is the Darth Vader flower.

Yes! You heard it right, the flower that looks like the helmet of the popular Star Wars character, Darth Vader.

Darth Vader flowers look like skulls
Perhaps you could gift your Star Wars fan friend with this exotic plant.

The Darth Vader plant (Aristolochia salvadoriensis) has reddish-brown flowers with helmet-shaped petals.

These flowers require meticulous care and nourishment, so they are often found in greenhouses. If you want to get a look, plan your visit to Missouri Botanical Garden.

6. Swaddled Baby

The Swaddled Baby flower has waxy pinkish-white flowers that look more like a baby wrapped by a wavy cloth.

However, if you look at the baby part more closely, it appears like a human baby skull.

Swaddled Babies Orchid flower
The Swaddled Babies Orchid is a rare Orchid known for its large, fragrant, creamy-white flowers.

But again, the overall flower looks like a swaddled baby, and many deny them looking like a skull.

Editor’s Note

Care for Exotic Plants!

Though we find these plants scary and unusual at times, they are a normal and ordinary feast for pests and insects.

So, stay alerted and watch out for any early signs of pest infestation, and if you suspect pests, treat them immediately using proper insecticidal soap.

All The Best!

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