It’s not as crazy as it sounds. There are a handful of plants that have a distinct chocolate scent, reminiscent of milk chocolate with a dash of vanilla. Delightful!
The chocolate-scented plants are listed below. A really fun idea is to place them in the garden with plants that are chocolate in color. When planted together, you’ll have one delectable chocolate garden. And a great excuse to have a chocolate-themed garden party!
Before Selecting Plants for Your Garden
- Choose plants suitable for your growing zone. In the United States, you can find your zone by googling the ‘USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map’.
- Make sure you have suitable space (soil, water, and light conditions, plus room for maximum growth).
- Be certain the plant is not invasive in your area or on a banned plant list. Check with local authorities for this information.
Plants with a Chocolate-Like Scent
- Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata) Chocolate-scented with yellow daisy-shaped flowers. Attracts butterflies, deer don’t like it, drought tolerant. Blooms at night. (zones 7-9)
- Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) Chocolate-colored flowers and scent. Tuberous root will require winter storage in colder zones. (zones 4-11)
- Chocolate Vine / Fiveleaf Akebia (Akebia quinata) Chocolate-scented flowering, deciduous vine. Some say it has a distinct vanilla fragrance. Produces edible fruit. Can be invasive. (zones 4-8)
- Chocolate Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) Perennial shrub. (zones 4-8)
- Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperita) Perennial herb. Deer resistant. (zones 1-24)
Plants with Chocolate-Colored Flowers & LeavesMost of these plants have been bred to capture the beautiful dark red, brown, and purple colors. They look absolutely striking next to contrasting foliage. And paired with chocolate-scented plants they will complete your chocolate-themed garden.
- Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioide ‘’Chocolate Mint’) Annual, heat tolerant.
- Columbine (Aquilegia ‘Chocolate Star’ ‘Single Black’ ‘William Guinness’ ‘Chocolate Soldier’, ‘Black Barlow’) Perennials. (zones 3-9)
- Coneflower / Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’) Perennial. (zones 3-9)
- Coralbells (Heuchera x villosa ‘Mocha’) (zones 4-9)
- Dahlia (Dahlia Chocolate Sundae and Karma Choc) Store them for the winter in colder climates. (zones 7-10).
- Daphne Houtteana (February Plum Daphne) Deep purple to black leaves.
- Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Sweet Hot Chocolate) Perennial (tuberous root). Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. (zones 1-24)
- Dianthus / Sweet William (Dianthus ‘Black Adder’) (zones 4-10)
- Eupatorium (Eupatorium rugosa ‘Chocolate’) (zones 5-9)
- False Indigo (Baptisia ‘Chocolate Chip’) (zones 4-8)
- Geranium (Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’) (zone 5-8)
- Hollyhock (Alcea rosa nigra) Biennial. (zones 3-9).
- Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’) (zones 4-9)
- Iris (Chrysographes ‘Black Form’) (zones 4-9)
- Loosestrife (Lysimachia congestiflora ‘Persian Chocolate’) (zones 6-9)
- Morning Glory (Lpomoea nil Chocolate ). Check that it’s not invasive in your growing zone.
- Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Oakhurst) (zones 7-10)
- Sunflower (Helianthus annus ‘Chocolate Cherry’) Annual.
- Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus ‘Streamer Chocolate’) Annual (zones 7-10)
- Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana ‘chocolate smoke‘) (zones 10-11)
- Violet (Viola x wittrockiana ‘Frosted Chocolate’) Perennial or annual depending on growing zone. (zones 3-8)