ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas spp.

profile iconZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) 1
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Some Zamioculcas plants in pots
profile iconZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) 1
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Zamioculcas is a genus from East Africa, that contains only one species, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. This plant has a short, thick rhizome with succulent leaf-stalks that bear leaflets. These may be shed during periods of prolonged drought. It is widely grown as a houseplant due to its attractive, shiny, dark green leaves, its tolerance of low light levels, and for its air-purifying qualities. Small, non-showy flowers coloured yellow-brown appear from mid-summer to early autumn. Foliage toxic if ingested and can irritate eyes and skin on contact.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division

Divide as new growth begins in spring.

Cuttings

Using single leaflets.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Don't panic if you forget to water it. This hardy plant can survive a short drought.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

E. and S.E. Africa

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.
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