Gothic Blooms: The Dark Sunflower

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Following my post on Bloody and Monstrous Flowers. I thought I would picture my gothic sunflower. I have grown black tulips in the past but this is much more beautiful and surprising. I have commented on flowers that are thought of as monstrous in my book. These often include artificial hybrids, double blooms, freakish colours and out of season flowering. There is no denying that there is also a terrible beauty to be found in such luxuriants and this black/purple sunflower is  stunning….darkness made visible.

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire

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1 Response to Gothic Blooms: The Dark Sunflower

  1. Janette Leaf says:

    An incredible and alluring specimen that looks as if it might have been cultivated from a seed out of Rappaccini’s garden..

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