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Ghost Flowers

The ghost flower, Mohavea confertiflora, is a member of the figwort family. It is an annual and can be found growing wild in the deserts of southeastern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona. Its name is derived from the ghostly translucency of its cream-colored or yellowish flowers that bloom each year from February through April.

Another ghost flower is the Monotropa uniflora, more commonly known as Indian pipe. Its other common names include: ghost pipe, corpse plant, and fairy smoke. A member of the wintergreen family, this perennial plant is under a lunar rulership and an elemental influence of Water. Its gender is said to be feminine, and its main magickal use is to bring healing after the loss of a loved one. Many folks also use this plant (or infusions made from it) in rituals to honor the dead or to emotionally release a loved one who has crossed over.

One of its other common names—corpse plant—derives from its waxy bluish appearance and its resemblance to the flesh of a corpse. Additionally, the plant turns black when touched by human hands and decomposes rather quickly.

Still another ghost flower is the Datura, which is known by various folk names, including: devil’s apple, sorcerer’s herb, witches’ thimble, and yerba del Diablo (Spanish for “herb of the devil”). It should be rather apparent from such occult-sounding names that this plant possesses strong ties to the world of sorcery and witchcraft. It is under the rulership of the planet Saturn and the elemental influence of Water. Its gender is said to be feminine.

Despite the fact that Datura is highly hallucinogenic and extremely poisonous, it has been used in spellcraft, shamanic practices, and Pagan religious rites for many centuries. One of its many magickal usages is the breaking of hexes. Some Witches have been known to scatter pieces

of the plant around the home to protect the house and its inhabitants from evil spirits and the workings of black magicians. However, this is not recommended if there are children or pets in the house!

Other Ghost Plants

Obake anthurium is a beautiful tropical flower that grows wild in the Hawaiian Islands. The first anthurium was brought to Hawaii from Columbia in 1889 by an English missionary named Samuel Damon. The genus name of this plant (Obake) means “ghost” in Japanese.

The ghost plumeria derives its name from the old belief that trees bearing white and fragrant flowers are inhabited by ghosts, while there exists at least two plants—Campyloscentrum pachyrrhizum and Harrisella porrecta—which are commonly known as ghost orchids.


This informative “Wicca How To” article, plus much more, can be found in:

A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural

by Gerina Dunwich

This book not only chronicles this author's fascinating, and at times terrifying, personal experiences with haunted houses and ghostly encounters, but it also provides authentic Witches' spells, rituals, charms, herbs, and oils to conjure, banish, and protect against the spirits of the dead. With the aid of this book, you will learn how to properly conduct a séance, how to use a Ouija board to communicate with spirits, know how to recognize and interpret messages from the dead who appear in dreams, see how to investigate a haunting like professional ghost-hunters do, and much more. It will teach you the dark secrets of ancient necromancy-the once-forbidden occult art of divination by the dead and help you explore the dangers associated with obsession and possession, and let you gaze upon the world of spiritualism from its early days in Victorian-era England to the present.

Ghost Flowers - Herbs Associated With Ghosts

Sometimes called ghost flower because of its pale, ghostly appearance

Copyright © 2002 Gerina Dunwich