• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Tropical foliage
    Prized for foliage
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub, Palm
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    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.
    Companion PlantsBromeliad (Neoregelia); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Stromanthe (Stromanthe); Cordyline (Cordyline); Fatsia (Fatsia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering; more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.