Zamia Palms are a group of cycads valued for their foliage and are often referred to as Zamia Palms the botanical name is Lepidozamia. The most widely grown is Zamia (lepidozamia) furfuracea also called the ‘Cardboard Palm’. This species is originally from Mexico and has thick felty foliage on arching stems to around 1m in length.
This is perhaps the most popular of all of the Cycads, due to both the attractive foliage as well as its easy care nature. The foliage is softer than others without the spines, this makes it a friendlier plant in landscaping.
The plant we commonly call the Zamia Palm in Australia is also known as Hopes Cycad, the botanical name is Lepidozamia hopei.
It grows well in full sun and is also regarded as drought tolerant.
Exellent in containers and well suited to growing on balconies and patios. Ideal for near swimming pools to help creat a lush tropical look. A good specimen plant in a container near a doorway or perhaps a water feature.
Over time Zamia furfuracea can reach around 1.7m in height with the arching foliage spreading over 2m. Size and growth rate will depend on the climate and growing conditions.
- A well drained soil is essential, in containers try a cactus and succulent potting mix.
- Full sun to part shade, deep shade is not suitable.
- In the garden little fertilizer will be required. In containers a slow release type fertilizer applied in spring is usually sufficient.
- Always allow the soil or potting mix to dry between watering.
Other Zamia Palms
- Z. integrifolia
- Z. macrozamia moorei are other popular species.