Thanks for that info Flhiker.
Dorothy--it is not an orchid. It might be alien though!
If I have this thread in the wrong place, you can move it.
Yes, the flower is that black. This picture I took is true to the color. The flower is about 7" wide. It was so unusual, I just bought it without knowing its culture!
I haven't decided if I'm going to plant it in the yard or keep it in a pot.