The name Zamia is derived from the Greek word azaniae meaning “a pine cone”. Zamia furfuracea is a slow growing plant and makes an unusual foliage of thick and hard texture, that is why, it is also called Cardboard palm. Zamia furfuracea likes bright sunlight, moderate watering, and some fertilizer in Spring. The color of leaves ranges from olive green to dark green.
Zamia furfuracea can grow quite well in large containers. A mature plant can grow as large as 3-4′ in height and 6′ in diameter with a heavy trunk that acts as water reservoir during drought. It is quite a hardy plant and makes a good choice for landscapes because of its hardy, drought tolerance nature.
Both male and female plants produce cones. The female cones contain red seeds. The seeds are reported to be poisonous and must be kept away from pets.
Origin: Coastal plains of Mexico