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.
Generally not harvested.
Divide as new growth begins in spring.
Using single leaflets.
Don't panic if you forget to water it. This hardy plant can survive a short drought.
E. and S.E. Africa
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Compost
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Generally pest and disease free.