One of the hardiest houseplants just got an upgrade. New to the scene, ‘Raven’ has unique dark foliage that is making a big splash in plant and design spheres.

By Megan Hughes
Updated February 25, 2020
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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.

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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.

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.

Comments (2)

July 2, 2020
This is truly a lovely plant. Please be advised that as of July 2, 2020, the price of a Raven ZZ jumped to 36.99 USD at Home Depot, and they are out of stock.
March 2, 2020