‘A really cool, fun new plant’

Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’ - photo: Costa Farms

Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’ – photo: Costa Farms

“One of the really cool, fun new plants we have hidden away in our research and development area is Raven ZZ plant”, says Justin Hancock, one of Costa Farms’ garden experts in a blog at the site of this nursery in Florida (US). He refers to Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’. “It brings the best qualities of regular old Zamioculcas. It’s super tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions and thrives virtually anywhere as long as it isn’t overwatered, along with rich, purple-black foliage.”
“These intensely colored leaves are a fantastic contrast to other green houseplants, especially variegated hard-to-kill varieties like Chinese evergreen, Colorful Aglaonema, and silvery ‘Moonshine’ snake plant”, suggests Hancock.
Best New Foliage Plant at TPIE 2018
Raven ZZ plant won the Best New Foliage Plant award at the 2018 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in January. Costa Farms is still building up stock now, but plan to start shipping the first plants in late 2018 with bigger numbers hitting garden centers across North America in spring of 2019.
In March 2017 Raven was brought onto the European market by Dutch based nursery Van Winden Erica. Before launching it, the variety was subject of a market research and judged by the consumer panel Consumer TALKS. This panel is a joint service from ReviewPartner en Pull Position, Netherlands [read more].