Zamia floridanaItem #7766 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Prized for foliageDesign 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.Companion PlantsBromeliad (Neoregelia); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Stromanthe (Stromanthe); Cordyline (Cordyline); Fatsia (Fatsia)
- CareCare InformationRequires 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.Light Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Zamia is one of only a few primitive or 'relict' genera, commonly called cycads that are living remnants of plants that were abundant about 325 million years ago. The species Z. floridana, commonly called Coonti, is a woody cycad plant often confused with palms and ferns, yet related to neither. Rare in the wild, Zamia floridana is native to the southeastern U.S., specifically to Florida, and was almost wiped out by the Florida arrowroot flour industry in early the 1900's. Illegal to collect in the wild.