This stunning evergreen perennial of the Araceae family is a native of Southeast Asian (Borneo) jungle floors. Though formerly quite rare, the magic of tissue culture is making the plant more available.
The Black Velvet’s standout feature is dark leaves and prominent pale green, white, or silver veins. Its thick, succulent-like leaves are heart-shaped and have a velvety look and stiff texture. The leaves grow about six inches long and two-and-a-half inches wide.
The strikingly dark leaves developed as a light-gathering strategy in the gloom beneath a forest canopy. The foliage absorbs all visual light waves while their pale veins reflect them.
The Black Velvet is a rhizomatous perennial that stays compact, seldom reaching over eighteen inches high and wide. It goes dormant in cool weather but can stay active year-round with adequate light and warmth.
The plant’s love of humidity makes it an excellent terrarium candidate; despite its diminutive size it, the Black Velvet won’t get lost in a sea of green.
Bloom: White Spathe, rarely flowers
Light: Bright indirect to low light
Moisture: Likes to dry out between watering, Water frequently with well draining soil
Humidity: Enjoys high humidity 70% - 65%, Is tolerant down to 40% humidity
Fertilizer: Once a month during the growing season.
Mature Size: 18in tall, 18in wide
Habit: Compact Upright