When the long nights creep in, the wind blows a little cooler, and the veil between our world and another becomes thinner, you can be sure that spooky season has arrived. Among the cheerful pumpkins and dancing skeletons, furry black cats and singing witches, there is an eerie feel that we cannot ignore. Rather than hiding from the shadows, it’s time to lean into the Halloween creeps and thrills. Here at Ah Sam Floral Co., the best flower shop in San Mateo, CA, we have rounded up our most frightening blooms that offer a ghostly glamorous appearance, spooky symbolism, and connections to the strange and unusual.
Proteas From Another Realm
One might imagine proteas as a cousin of the ominous plant in Little Shop of Horrors, captivating and slightly monstrous. Proteas have grand, ornate blossoms that look like they’ve been plucked straight from a fantastical dimension and bloom in all sorts of shapes and autumn hues. Named after Proteus, Poseidon’s shapeshifting son, proteas truly embody a sense of wonder and mystery from another world.
Marigolds Have Potent Spiritual Energy
The vibrant orange and yellow hues of marigolds are popular all throughout the autumn season. Although they offer a sense of cheer and warmth, marigolds have a sinister side and symbolize emotions like jealousy, despair, and grief. Nonetheless, these blooms play a critical role as a connection between our world and the afterlife, especially in celebrations and ceremonies such as Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Marigolds add a burst of color and layers of complex symbolism to fall arrangements while acting as guides for wandering spirits.
Oxblood Dahlias Add a Dark Intensity
Oxblood dahlias are as cryptic as they are captivating. With a hue that is bold, rich, and intense, these dahlias evoke the hauntingly beautiful aesthetic of spooky season. Their intricate spiderweb-like petal configuration is a tribute to nature’s darker and more complex designs. As symbols of transformation and change, oxblood dahlias add sophisticated depth to your Halloween tableau.
Spider Mums Resemble Creepy Crawly Creatures
With their elongated, spiky petals that seem to crawl outward like the legs of a spider, spider mums instantly dial up the creep factor. Their unsettling resemblance to our eight-legged friends makes them an eerie yet fascinating addition to any haunted arrangement or spooky floral display. Symbolizing long life and happiness, spider mums offer a touch of irony to the Halloween season.
Deep Purple Calla Lilies Add Mystery and Elegance
If you’re looking to add a dash of mystical elegance to your Halloween, deep purple calla lilies are your floral compass. In some cultures, calla lilies are a floral salute to those who have passed on and resonate with the cycles of life and death. Their velvety plum hue is a dark veil, inviting us into the mysteries of the changing seasons. Known as “nocturnal gems,” calla lilies are so much more than pretty faces.
Whether it’s ghostly glamor or spellbinding fright, find your favorite autumn blooms at Ah Sam Floral Co.