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Zantedeschia 'Black Star'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zantedeschia (zan-te-DES-kee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Star
Additional cultivar information: (PP14844, aka Edge of Night, Brilliant)
Hybridized by Randag; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jun 12, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

An amazing sport of 'Schwarzwalder' found, according to Plant Delights of NC, by one Frank Patterson of OR.
It has been sold under other names in all of the excitement, and there have been patents applied for each of its names.

It has a dark red/maroon flower that begs blackness in a certain light. The real appeal is that it has unprecedented dark stems, veins, and (hold on to your seat) edges of leaves, which are well spotted anyhow. It is the most exciting hybrid to come about since the pack mule. All parts of the plant lend themselves to being slighty transparent, which makes 'Black Star' even more head-spinning.

The bright green leaf contrasts with the darkness that frames it, and the whole ensemble is set off with the milky-transparent membranes that are its mottling. These leaves are interesting in that they are almost strappy (from the rehmanii breeding) but spotted, which is lent from either (or both) Z. elliottiana or albomaculata.

Who could resist?


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deland, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Denton, Texas

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