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13 Gothic Plants

Spring is here - a great time to get out in the garden and start growing things! If you're a Goth who isn't *too* adverse to sunshine, why not try cultivating a Gothic Garden of your own? Each of the 13 items on this list even includes links to shops where you can buy these plants.

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13. Hop


The highly decorative hop is an old favourite of the more hippyish Goth types who love their beer! It’s also great for hanging up around the house at all seasons, as it looks good even when dried.

11. Fern


The Victorians loved their ferns, adorning many objects (including gravestones) with a fern emblem. Their ancient nature also gives them a real aura of mystery and an association with the faerie otherworld.

10. Mistletoe


Anyone who knows their plant-lore will be aware that the symbolism of mistletoe extends way beyond Christmas! This mysterious, parasitic plant has for centuries been associated with magical powers and connections with the divine.

3. Ivy


Evergreen and therefore symbolic of eternal life, ivy is a common sight in cemeteries and is often seen growing over old ruined castles and churches. It’s also a popular plant with pagans and wiccans. To top it all, certain varieties of ivy are poisonous, making it a plant with lots of goth appeal.

1. Rose


Perhaps the most ubiquitous plant of all in Goth imagery is the rose. The red rose is a universal symbol of romance, and for Goths it is often associated with vampires due to its colour and sharp, fang-like thorns. The black rose was formerly a symbol of anarchism but these days has been appropriated by goths as an even gothier rose variant. And it *just about* exists in nature as the very dark red Baccara rose.

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