Sacred Datura

Look at the pretty flower with sweetly fragrant white trumpets often tinted purple! What’s that? Oh, ingestion of plant material can induce auditory and visual hallucinations and potentially lethal side effects. Good to know.

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Via: Flickr

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

How guilty would you feel if you accidentally squashed one of these? The large, fragrant, creamy-white, waxy flowers usually bloom in the spring and summer, and are overwhelmingly fragrant — unlike babies at most times.

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Image: Where the Cool Things Happen

Alien Tricyrtis Hirta

Also known as the “toad lily,” which is much easier to say than “alien tricyrtis hirta,” it has tentacle-like whiskers growing from the flower, making it look like something you’d find on an alien planet.

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Moonflowers

As one might imagine, this flower unfurls in the evening and stays open until the sun rises. It’s considered one of the most romantic plants you can grow in the garden and is sweetly fragrant when open. However, it’s also quite poisonous. Ahh…love is so fickle.

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Image: Bright Pink Studio

Happy Alien Calceolaria Uniflora

Doesn’t this look like a happy person with green ear muffs and a little tray just sitting there for birds to land on and pollinate? Also know as “Virgin’s Slipper,” it was actually discovered by Charles Darwin during his exploration around South America. Survival of the fittest, indeed.

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Image: Shutterstock

Mother Nature wins again!