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Black Plants for Green Thumbs

Black plants, or those with dark leaves (lvs) or flowers (fls) which are often blackish, dark red, or dark purple, have become popular.  They can make striking statements in the garden, especially combined with brighter colors.  These are not referring to dead plants!  Match the names below for some good choices, both annual (A),  perennial (P), or tender perennial (TP, not hardy in cold climates).  Check out more choices and tips on using these in an article on black plants.  Answers follow.
1. Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie' (A, lvs) a. sweet potato
2. Ophiopogon planiscapes (TP, lvs)) b. pansy
3. Viola 'Black Prince' (A, fls)) c. Black Mondo Grass
4. Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (P, lvs)) d. coleus
5. Solenostemon 'Othello' (A, lvs) e. bugleweed
6. Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (TP, lvs) f. hemp agrimony
7. Eupatorium 'Chocolate' (P, lvs) g. fountain grass
8. Heuchera 'Obsidian' (P, lvs) h. mourning widow
9. Aquilegia 'William Guiness' (P, fls) i. columbine
10. Geranium phaeum 'Chocolate Chip' (P, fls) j. coralbells



1. a

2. c
3. b
4. e
5. d
6. g
7. f
8. j
9. i
10. h

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