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Zamioculas Zamiifolia

Zanzibar Gem

Zanzibar Gem's scientific name, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, gives a hint of its resemblance to the palm-like cycads called zamias. Because of this distinctive botanic name the Europeans have christened it the ZZ plant. In Asia, it's known as the Money Tree. Sometimes, it's called 'arum fern' because it belongs to the same plant family as arum lilies and has a slightly fern-like appearance. Another common name, Eternity Plant, acknowledges it indestructibility.

Light & Temperature: Even though the plant does well in lower light levels, it does much better by placing it in brighter light.

Watering: These plants will allow you to forget to water them for months at a time! The Zanzibar Gem prefers to be on the dry side, too much water can result in the leaves to turn yellow. The plants have potato-like tubers under the soil which to store water and allows the plant to survive extremely long periods of time without a drink. Watering once a month is plenty.

Care Tips: Zanzibar Gem, which grows in dry, shaded sites in its native African habitat, tolerates and amazing amount of neglect. Cold and over-watering are the greatest threats to its well-being. Keep Zanzibar Gem warm and not too wet and this plant will look great in your home, office or garden for years.

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