ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 1 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Shiny, leather-like leaves. Evergreen unless underwatered in which case plant can go dormant.
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Aroid spathe and spadix
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Inflorescence Height: 1-2 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant


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Posted by DavidLMO (Zone 5B/6 - NW MO - Zone 5b) on Sep 22, 2015 11:23 PM

Be extremely watchful of watering this plant. It is easily killed (more so than an average plant) by overwatering - I learned the hard way.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 10:21 AM

The ZZ plant is used as a landscape shrub in warm climates but here in my zone 9b area it froze and died in last winter's freezes. Luckily I had rooted a couple of stems in a jar of water so I still have two very small plants to grow out. I find the "ZZ" plant to be an easy (although slow) water rooter. It seemed to take a long while before the first thin roots appeared and then the bulb/tuber formed. I acclimated it slowly to soil.

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Posted by sheryl (Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ - Zone 9b) on Dec 8, 2011 7:43 PM

Popular houseplant as it survives in low light with infrequent water. Multiple thick stalks support shiny dark green leaves. An abundance of water can send it into bloom. The blooms are not showy and consist of a light green hood or spathe with a beige spadex, resembling a jack in the pulpit.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 22, 2015 2:12 AM

In 2002 was named The indoor Foliage Plant of the Year by the Florida Nurserymen's and Growers' Association.

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Plant Events from our members
skylark From February 15, 2018 to February 26, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
discarded 1 survivor pot - tubers rotted, too wet on cold window sill.
the other 2 are ok
skylark On April 15, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
new growth started - many shoots emerged
skylark On May 1, 2015 Obtained plant
got new zz
piksihk On October 23, 2014 Obtained plant
bulbs developed - leaf dried up; 2 bulbs
piksihk On June 13, 2014 Obtained plant
3 leaves for rooting
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Root ball and rhizomes of ZZ plant by tarev Apr 19, 2014 11:50 PM 0
Is this a Cycad? by Gina1960 Nov 3, 2018 10:53 AM 6
Re-pot or wait by MythrilDelight Jan 5, 2019 2:32 PM 19
Zz plant by marie123 Nov 29, 2018 5:26 PM 10
Indoor raised bed by soozywoozy Nov 2, 2018 12:04 PM 16
Need help on caring this plant by Beginnerhand Oct 7, 2018 9:30 AM 3
Help w/ Zamioculcas zamiifolia "ZZ Plant" by GrowingCrazy Sep 16, 2018 10:31 AM 9
Time to repot my ZZ plant? by JoshKH92 Aug 24, 2018 5:02 PM 1
Dieffenbachia help! by GreenTeen Aug 28, 2018 11:33 AM 11
Grey patches on ZZ plant by Kawaiian17 Aug 2, 2018 2:50 PM 7
my apt plant count topped 200 this feb! by skylark Aug 13, 2018 6:24 PM 20
I am trying to identify this fernlike plant by witelite Mar 16, 2018 2:56 PM 6

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