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Interesting Facts

The common name "ZZ Plant" is derived from the plant's Latin name, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. The genus name is derived from the foliage looking like members of the genus Zamia. Although this plant's leaves look somewhat cycad or palm-like, they are actually closely related to Calla Lilies.

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A tropical perennial plant native to Africa that is rather tolerant of low light and is an excellent choice as an indoor potted plant. The leaves are large, waxy and deep green.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial, Tropical
Light: Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 4 feet to 5 feet
Width: 3 feet to 4 feet
Zones: 9a to 11b
Bloom Color: Yellow
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Liquid All Purpose Houseplant Food
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Plant Care

Leaf cuttings can be made, but is generally difficult to do.  Place the leaf cutting into compost in a plastic bag.  The leaf itself may rot away, but the resulting plant tissue in the compost can produce a new plant.

Plant Growth:

This is a tropical plant that does very well as an indoor plant because of its ability to survive in low-light conditions. They do best with a little bit of humidity so either mist the plant's foliage, or place the pot in a tray with a shallow layer of water. If you place the pot in a tray, line the bottom of the tray with pebbles so that the pot is not sitting directly in standing water. In summer, the ZZ Plant can withstand and even benefit from being moved outdoors in a partial shade spot


Rarely blooms, but when it does the flower inflorescence resembles a yellow Calla Lily.

Soil and Irrigation:

Keep the soil evenly moist during the warmer months whent he plant is actively growing. As winter approaches, the plant will actually go into a dormant stage and will need little water. Often times, overwatering during the winter months is the primary cause of this plant's death.


Feed with a balanced, liquid fertilizer once per month during the active growing season.


Remove spent or yellowed leaves by grabbing at the base and pulling to the side of the leaf.