Plants That Smell Like Chocolate

Do you want to own a more interesting garden? If you love the smell of chocolate, these six chocolate-scented plants will surely make a very good impression, not only for their beauty but also for their delightful chocolaty fragrance.

Chocolate Cosmos
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Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguines) is an herbaceous, perennial plant related to daisies and sunflowers. This Mexico native is now extinct in the wild and what’s left is a single surviving clone which was introduced in cultivation in 1902. It is a popular ornamental plant which is grown for its attractive brownish red to deep burgundy-red flowers and distinctive faint chocolate fragrance. The blooms, which resemble small single chrysanthemums, come out from mid- to late summer.

Chocolate Vine
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A native to Japan, China and Korea, Akebia quinata, also known as Chocolate Vine and Five-leaf Akebia, is a deciduous twining climber with chocolate scented three to four sepal flowers. When the purple-brown blooms mature, they become sausage-shaped pods which contain soft, juicy and mildly sweet pulp. The bitter skin is also edible and the leaves are made into tea. The woody stem is used as a traditional medicine in China and the soft young shoots are added in salads or pickled. Being a potentially invasive species, it is recommended to plant it in a pot or to monitor its spread.

Chocolate-scented Daisy
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Do you want your garden to smell like fresh chocolate when you wake up in the morning? Then the chocolate-scented daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) is a must-have in your collection. The small vibrant yellow flowers with dark chocolate colored stamens are most striking and fragrant when planted in clusters. The flower’s perfume can reach as far as 30 feet away. This night bloomer will make your garden smell like chocolate when the sun comes up. Interestingly, the sweet smelling stamens taste like cocoa, too.

Chocolate Mint
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Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperita cv. ‘Chocolate’) is a cultivar of the peppermint with lobed bronze-green leaves. It has tall stems that hold a pale purple flower that opens from the bottom up in the summer. Many people say that the scent is a combination of cocoa and peppermint, reminiscent of the confection called Andes Chocolate Mints.
 
Bird's Eyes
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It has feathery leaves with small terminal clusters of daisy-like lavender to purple edged white bell-shaped blooms with gold and dark-purple throats. This North American wildflower is easy to grow and blooms heavily. Its chocolatey scent attracts pollinators and humans alike.

Boxleaf Azara
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Another deliciously perfumed plant that you can add in your chocolate-scented garden is the Boxleaf azara (Azara microphylla). This small evergreen tree reaches about 15 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. It produces yellow fluffy flowers that smell like white chocolate or vanilla.