Trending Tropicals Raven ZZ Plant in 6 steel with jet-black class 2021

Raven ZZ Plant

Trending Tropicals Raven ZZ Plant in 6 steel with jet-black class 2021

A new and rare variety, Costa Farms’ award-winning Raven ZZ plant features bright Green New growth that quickly matures to a rich, purple-black, dark foliage that contrasts other houseplants. Grows in natural or artificial light, and unlike many plants, It doesn’t require strong light to develop its rich coloration.

As I was headed into my local nursery the other day, an interior-plant deliveryman was unloading a van out front. Because I am perennially curious and a devout plant lover, I poked my head inside and saw the vehicle was basically a fully loaded plant-candy store with a fine selection of leaves and stems instead of chocolate and sprinkles.

And because I am that kind of person, I struck up a conversation with the grower. After taking the one-minute “tour” of the truck, I asked him what his most popular plant was. You guessed it: ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia).

Trending Tropicals Raven ZZ Plant in 6 steel with jet-black class 2021

ZZ plant is the quiet hero of nearly any Instagram-worthy houseplant collection, the stalwart soldier in the corner of the photo frame as you scroll through thousands of images of #houseplantsofinstagram and #crazyplantlady foliage.

Turns out there’s a good reason that tropical plant Z. zamiifolia is a social media darling. After further discussion (and not even trying to pronounce the lengthy name), I was so convinced that I marched into the nursery and bought my own #zzplant. What persuaded me?

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the hipster houseplant ZZ.

What is a ZZ plant?

An aerial view of ZZ plant by @foliage_fixation.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia has been around for centuries, originating in drought-prone Africa (where it thrives outdoors). A couple of decades ago, Dutch nurseries located in South Africa saw the plant’s propagating potential and in 1996 started distributing it around the world. Since then, ZZ plants have entered hearts, homes, and offices worldwide.

Why are ZZ plants so popular?

A four-inch ZZ Plant comes in a plastic nursery pot; $data-src=

ZZ plant, with its wide, attractive, dark green leaves, boasts many favorable traits for offices and homes. ZZ plant tolerates neglect, is drought tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions without throwing a fit. Its waxy, smooth leaves reflect sunlight and brighten rooms. ZZ usually grows slowly to a height and width of two to three feet so it is not a plant monster that outgrows containers quickly.

ZZ plant also is an air purifier and in a NASA study, researchers found it is specifically adept at removing copious amounts of toxins such as xylenetoluene, and benzene from the air.

Wait, didn’t I read somewhere that ZZ plants are poisonous?

A ZZ plant growing on Maui. Photograph by Forest and Kim Starr via Flickr.

ZZ’s one major drawback is that all parts of the plant are poisonous. In fact, during the 2010s there were false rumors that ZZ was so toxic that the plant caused cancer, and was so dangerous that people wore gloves when handling it. The truth? It’s toxic but not cancerous. Don’t eat it, keep it away from nibbling pets and overly curious children, and always wash your hands after handling it to avoid skin irritation.

How do you care for a ZZ plant?

A four-inch Zamioculcas Zamiifolia in a plastic nursery pot is $ at Pistils Nursery.

Care of ZZ is simple, making it the gold standard for houseplant beginners, preoccupied office workers, and brown thumbs. The ZZ plant luckily doesn’t need any special type of potting soil: any well-drained potting soil will do. As for feeding it, apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) once a month when watering.

Photograph by @radroots_magazine.

Situate your ZZ in low to bright indirect light, and water when fully dry. Typically you can even forget a watering…or three…and it will still thrive. ZZ is also very resistant to diseases and insects. If your plant’s branches intrude into your space and get in the way, simply prune them away. The plant will potentially flower mid-summer to early autumn but the flowers are quite small and not super attractive, making ZZ mainly a foliage plant.

How can I propagate a ZZ plant?

Photograph by Mokkie via Wikimedia.

ZZ plants grow from large, thick rhizomes that resemble potatoes. These rhizomes store water, which is why the plant does well during droughts and places where forgetful owners live.

What is a black raven ZZ plant?

An easy-to-grow houseplant that thrives in just about any indoor setting, the Raven ZZ plant features rich purple-black leaves that emerge as a rich green color before they mature. It tolerates inconsistent watering; low, medium, or bright light spots; and holds up well in low humidity.

How do you care for a raven ZZ plant?

ZZ plant is tolerant of all types of light—low light to bright light—and survives well in homes with low humidity. Drought tolerant ‘Raven‘ can also go a couple of weeks without water. In fact, it grows best when the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings

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Is the Raven ZZ plant toxic to cats?

The Zamioculcas Zamifolia, aka ZZ Plant, is one of those “tough as nails” houseplants that can survive just about anywhere, even in extremely low light. Unfortunately, it also happens to make the list of poisonous houseplants, and all parts of the plant are considered toxic to humans and pets.

Is the ZZ plant cancerous?

ZZ’s one major drawback is that all parts of the plant are poisonous. In fact, during the 2010s there were false rumors that ZZ was so toxic that the plant caused cancer, and was so dangerous that people wore gloves when handling it. The truth? It’s toxic but not cancerous.

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This Super-Easy Houseplant Has Amazing Leaves That Look Almost Black

Every spring, new plants launch into the marketplace. While flower-packed, colorful annuals and tough perennials are commonly celebrated, it’s a rare opportunity to welcome a new houseplant. In 2019, it was announced that ‘Raven’ ZZ plant would soon be making its way into garden centers and plant shops. Since then, this striking houseplant has stirred up all kinds of excitement with plant parents and interior designers alike. Its sleek leaves and rich color evoke the popular modern farmhouse style, and its unique foliage fits right in with classic black and white decorating schemes. Like super-popular black succulents, ‘Raven’ ZZ appeals to houseplant lovers’ desire for new and unusual plants that are also easy to keep alive.

New variety of ZZ plant called 'Raven' that has dark purple foliage

Purple (Almost-Black) Foliage

‘Raven’ sports deep, deep purple glossy leaves. Its foliage is so dark that it can appear black in rooms with low lighting. A focal point on its own, ‘Raven’ stylishly anchors a tabletop or mantle. Its shiny leaves and strong, upright habit give it a bold visual presence, making it a wonderful plant for modern or contemporary homes. Play up its purple-black foliage by pairing it with colorful, hard-to-kill houseplants such as Chinese evergreen, red aglaonema, and snake plant.

Anyone Can Grow It

Just like its green-hued cousins in the ZZ plant family, ‘Raven’ is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. It’s the perfect plant for newbies or people with a busy lifestyle who might not have time to care for houseplants regularly. ZZ plant is tolerant of all types of light—low light to bright light—and survives well in homes with low humidity. Drought tolerant ‘Raven’ can also go a couple of weeks without water. In fact, it grows best when the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. ‘Raven’ is a slow-growing plant—expect it to grow about 30 inches tall and wide over a period of several years.

Buy It: Costa Farms 12-inch Tall Raven ZZ, $29.59, The Home Depot

After growers spent 2019 building up its numbers, ‘Raven’ is finally starting to roll out in stores. Its availability is still limited (and some online retailers have it priced as high as $75), but keep your eye out for it at your favorite garden centers.

Are you a collector of fun, unique houseplants? If so, keep reading to learn more about our newest houseplant arrival!

ZZ Plant

We are thrilled to introduce you to Raven ZZ Plant. Well, let’s back up a bit and introduce you to the more commonly available ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. These plants were discovered a long time ago but didn’t gain popularity as a houseplant until the 1990’s. For some reason, they are still somewhat underutilized, which is a bit surprising given how easy growing they are!

Lighting

ZZ Plants can tolerate all levels of indoor light, from low to bright but avoid exposing them to direct sunlight as that may cause leaf burn and plant stress.  Don’t have any natural light?  That’s ok, ZZs can grow under just overhead or florescent lighting, making it a perfect office plant. For more information about proper lighting for houseplants, check out this post.

Water Needs

They can also tolerate drought, although ideally, ZZ Plants should be watered when the top 1-2 inches of the soil surface is dry.  If they get too dry, leaves will turn brown and the plant will wilt completely.  All is not lost; they can usually revive with a good watering. Make sure your planter has good drainage and that your soil drains well; excess water can cause root rot. Low air humidity isn’t as issue for these plants either. For more houseplant watering tips, read this post.

Large rhizomes can be seen at soil level; these hold water, allowing the plant to go for longer periods of time without water. One way to propagate this plant is to separate the rhizomes and start new plants.

While ZZ Plants don’t grow fast, they will eventually grow to a mature size of a few feet tall and wide. For houseplant parents that like to mess with their plants a lot, track growth and replant often; this might not be the best plant.  But for houseplant lovers who have patience and can occasionally forget to water, this could be the perfect plant.

Raven ZZ Plant

If you have shopped our Hothouse, you have most likely seen the rich green dramatic foliage of the ZZ Plant.  The Raven shares the same rich green foliage on new leaves only. Green leaves darken to a even more dramatic purple-black color as they age. This new variety is gorgeous, eye-catching and a must have for houseplant lovers who have just about everything else!

The Raven’s striking characteristics have been well noticed; it was chosen as the Best New Plant at the 2018 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition. Raven ZZ Plant entered the market in late 2018/early 2019 and has just now become more readily available for purchase.

Raven ZZ Plant
Raven ZZ Plant

Trending Tropicals Raven ZZ Plant in 6 steel with jet-black class 2021

As you might expect, we have a limited amount and they will sell fast! We are also on the lookout for Zamicro, a smaller growing variety of ZZ Plant. Fingers crossed we can find it as well.

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