Plants That Smell Like Chocolate (Otherwise Known As Wonderful Plants)

chocolate flower, berlandiera lyrata

Looking for plants that smell like chocolate and grow in Las Vegas? Here’s a list of plants that’ll give you the sweet aroma of chocolate in your yard or in your home!


chocolate cosmos, cosmos atrosanguineus

Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is a pretty little perennial with cocoa-colored flowers that offer a subtle chocolate fragrance when the blooms first open. This plant’s not technically zoned for our heat, but given plenty of afternoon shade, chocolate cosmos will do just fine in Vegas. At 24”- 30” in height, they’re ideal for planting in a container or in the ground, as long as the soil drains well. Look for blooms in late summer and lasting through early fall.
Sunset Western Climate Zones 4-9, 14-24


akebia quinata, chocolate vine

Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) is a semi-evergreen vine with purple flowers in the springtime that smell of chocolate or vanilla. Akebia will move fairly quickly and can spread up to 15’- 30’in a season, but you can cut it back in the winter to keep it in check. Put it on a wall that gets morning sun and afternoon shade for the best results. Sunset Western Climate Zones 2-24

Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) is my hands-down favorite chocolate-scented plant for our valley.



Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) is a drought-tolerant perennial and it’ll take full sun with no problem, so it’s already a winner in my book. Add in the fact that its scent is stronger and more chocolately than the rest and that it blooms like crazy from spring till early fall, and there’s really nothing not to like about this plant. It only gets up to about 12”- 36” tall, so put it near pathways or right next to your front door and it’ll smell like Ethel M’s every time you come or go.

Sunset Western Climate Zones 10-13 and 18-23 or anywhere as an annual



chocolate mint, mentha x piperita

Chocolate mint (Mentha piperata ‘Chocolate’) is a peppermint hybrid with a faint scent of chocolate in the leaves that can sometimes be overwhelmed by the smell of mint. If you’ve grown any type of mint before, you’re probably aware of the fact that it can take over an area fairly quickly. That’s why I say this is one that’s best used in a pot or contained bed. Chocolate mint can take full sun, but it’ll definitely look its best in July and August if it gets some afternoon shade. Sunset Western Climate Zones 1-24




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For a houseplant that produces chocolate-scented flowers, the Sharry Baby “Sweet Fragrance” orchid (Oncidium Sharry Baby ‘Sweet Fragrance’) is the way to go. Its 1” blooms are the color of mocha and they come up on 2’- 3’ stalks during the warmer months. Just like other orchids, it will be happiest with bright, indirect light and a weekly drenching.


If you can’t find the plant you’re looking for at your local nursery, it turns out that is a good source for chocolate plants, chocolate candles, chocolate body scrub and chocolate tea. About the only thing they don’t seem to have is chocolate chocolate and for all I know they have a whole bunch of it in the back of their gardening shed that’s exclusively for their own consumption. It’s what I would do.





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