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Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Raven ZZ'


A new and rare variety (and one of the most aptly named plants we’ve ever seen), the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 'Raven ZZ' has the same qualities as it's popular sibling, the ZZ Plant -- yet with a wild twist; It's characterized by thick, glossy leaves that start out green and turn purple-black with maturity. This is definitely a plant that will be a conversation starter in your collection and leave people asking- is that real?? Let it stand alone or group it with your other goth plants and it will do the rest!

This virtually indestructible plant grows from large rhizomes that resemble potatoes. These rhizomes store water efficiently and the plant can tolerate periods of drought. It will thrive in a lower light and artificial lighting environment, making it a good choice for the interior of your home. Some research studies have shown the ZZ Plant to remove toxins from the air, yet more research is needed to support this claim. If you're new to plants or looking for a gift this plant should be at the top of your list! Please note, all parts of this plant are known to be toxic if ingested -- be mindful around your critters!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Raven ZZ'
  • Pronunciation: zam-ee-oh-KUL-kass zam-ee-FOH-lee-uh ‘Raven’
  • Common Name:  Zanzibar gem, Raven ZZ plant, Black ZZ Plant, Raven ZZ
  • Family: Araceae
  • Native Range: Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Low-light tolerant. Prefers medium or bright indirect light.
  • Water: The ZZ plants root system stores water very efficiently which is why they are so drought tolerant, Avoid over-watering (#1 killer of ZZ plant) and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Soil: Use a well draining potting mix.
  • Humidity:  Low to Medium. The ZZ doesn’t require supplemental humidity
  • Temperature:  60-75F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth. 
  • Feeding:  Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) once a month and reduce frequency in winter.
  • Propagation: Division, Rhizomes, Leaf Cuttings
  • Growth: Upright
  • Pests: Look out for Aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets