Zamioculcas zamiifolia aka Zz Plant


Zamioculcas zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ plant, is a tropical evergreen perennial that is native to eastern Africa. It is known for its glossy, dark green leaves and its ability to thrive in low light conditions. The leaves grow on thick, fleshy stems, and the plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers. ZZ plants are slow-growing and easy to care for, they prefer well-draining soil and can tolerate drought conditions. They are popular as houseplants, but they can also be grown outdoors in frost-free climates.

Common names

Zz Plant, Zanzibar Gem, Palma Zamioculca (Mxico)

How to care for Zz Plant


Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully care for Zz Plant due to its easy-going nature.


Zz Plant does best in dry soil and should only be watered sparingly.


To keep your Zz Plant healthy, it's important to use a potting soil that won't retain too much moisture. A soil that drains well and contains perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition is ideal. Adding a few handfuls of perlite to regular cactus soil from the store is an easy way to create this type of soil mix.


During the wintertime, it's common for Zz Plant to go dormant and their growth may slow down, so waterings should be spaced out more.


Zz Plant is poisonous if ingested. We suggest keeping this plant out of reach if you have children, cats, or dogs in the home.


Zz Plant prefers dry environments, but by misting the plant or providing extra humidity, water will linger on the leaves and create an ideal environment for fungi that could be harmful.


The Zz Plant is characterized by its slow growth and doesn't need fertilization in addition to its potting soil. By renewing the soil in its pot once a year, it should have enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not from any fertilizers.


Clumping is a defining characteristic of the Zz Plant, with new growth appearing from the soil surrounding the primary plant.

Region of origin

Zz Plant’s native range is Southeastern Africa.

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