If you love all things chocolate or need a gift for a fellow chocoholic, chocolate scented plants fit the bill. Of the several plants with chocolate-coloured foliage or flowers, only a few give off a chocolate scent. Plant these perennials in your garden or in containers on the patio where you can enjoy the chocolatey fragrance released by a nice breeze. Include other chocolate-colour plants to create a chocolate garden.
The Cosmos atrosanguineus, "chocolate cosmos," blooms deep brown or red flowers that emit a rich, chocolate aroma. This perennial grows up to 30 inches tall in full sunlight to partial shade. It enjoys a rich, moist soil and is hardy to USDA Zones 8 to 10. You can expect the chocolate scent to be strongest during the early evening hours after a warm summer day.
If you associate a daisy with a bright yellow or white flower with dark centre, the Berlandiera lyrata, "chocolate daisy," does not disappoint. This perennial produces small yellow flowers that open up during the night to release an intense, chocolate scent in the morning. Plant this in an area that receives full sunlight, in moist, well draining soil. This daisy is drought tolerant and attracts butterflies and bees. It is hardy to USDA Zones 4 to 11.
Plant the Mentha piperata, "chocolate mint," in a container for your patio or deck to have on hand to add a hint of chocolate mint to your culinary masterpieces or to enhance your iced tea. This herbaceous perennial grows well in USDA Zones 3 to 9 and can reach a height of 24 inches and a width spanning 36 inches. Plant in full sunlight and cut when in full bloom for maximum chocolate flavour. Washington State University suggests planting chocolate mint in containers as it can be invasive and can take over your garden.
Tropical plants such as orchids make interesting additions to your indoor decor The Oncidium sharry baby, "chocolate-scented orchid," is one plant to bring the chocolatey scent indoors. Place this beauty in indirect light where the humidity level is high, such as the kitchen or even near the bathroom and take advantage of the chocolate smell. Place the flower in a container filled with a layer of pebbles and sphagnum moss for the best results.