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Zamia floridana

Highly versatile and softer in texture without the sharp edges of other popular cycads, this palm-like perennial adds an exotic flair to landscape or patio. Long, arching dark green leaves emerge frond-like from a multi-branched clump. Dioecious. Mature female plants produce cones that ripen to reveal shiny orange seeds in autumn. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationZAM-ee-uh flor-ih-DAN-uh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage
Design IdeasNot a true palm, this palm-like plant is a living fossil that is technically part conifer and part fern! The lustrous, handsome foliage provides rich evergreen backdrop for flowering shrubs and perennials. Use to create a tropical effect, planted under the canopy of taller trees. Planted in mass, performs as a durable, low maintenance ground cover, its evergreen, arching leaves providing wonderful texture and ease of maintenance. Perfect for xeriscape settings in areas similar to its native habitat.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBromeliad (Neoregelia); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Stromanthe (Stromanthe); Cordyline (Cordyline); Fatsia (Fatsia)

Requires well drained soil. Follow a regular deep watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Low water needs, once established; supplement during hot season, in absence of rainfall. Feed with a slow release fertilizer when new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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