ZZ Plant

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ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

  • Family name: Araceae
  • Origin: eastern Africa, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania
    Height: 2’- 3’

  • Width: 2’- 3’
  • Slow growing succulent rhizome, enjoyed for its unique appearance, ability to grow under low light conditions and tolerance to drought with naturally glossy leaves so shiny the plant appears to have been polished
  • Outdoor year-round planting, okay for USDA Hardiness Zones 10B–12 prefers warm, tropical temperatures of 65°F-90°F, active growth will be reduced and discoloration may occur below 50°F, not freeze tolerant, slight salt tolerance
  • Grows in a variety of well-drained soil, maintain moisture, but provide adequate drainage, very drought tolerant, normally evergreen, but becomes deciduous during drought, surviving drought due to the large potato-like rhizome that stores water until rainfall resumes
  • Requires strong, filtered light, but no direct sun, mature plants may produce flowers from mid-summer to early autumn in small bright yellow to brown or bronze spadix partly hidden among the leaf bases
  • Apply a well-balanced, slow-release pelletized fertilizer according to manufacturer recommendations during the warm growing season
  • Not subject to diseases or pests, root rot may occur if plants are grown in poorly aerated, compacted soil with excessive water for an extended period
  • Needle-like calcium oxalate crystals could irritate sensitive skin, eyes, and mucous membranes