Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Zamioculcas

Specie: Z. zamiifolia


English Name:


Common Name:

Zanzibar Gem, "ZZ plant", "aroid palm", "fat boy", and "eternity plant

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Araceae

Name in English: Arum Family

The Plant

Origin: Eastern Africa from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa

Growth Habit: herbaceous plant growing 45-69 cm tall from succulent rhizome. Normally evergreen but becomes deciduous during drought, surviving as a rhizome

Flower: small bright yellow to brown or bronze spadix, partly hidden among the leaf vases

Blooming Period: mid summer, early autumn

Leaf: pinnate with pairs of leaflets , smooth, shiny and dark green.


ornamental plant, mostly for foliage

Care and Handling

Soil: general potting

Amount of water: do not overwater- prone to tuber rot.

Nutrition: 1/4-1/8 strength liquid fertilizer ( fish emulsion or worm-cast liquid- once a month at warmest period.

Special handling: Do not use leaf shine,all parts poisonous

Special feature/remarks:

Bright indirect light best, although will tolerate low light