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Zamia pumila

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Zamia (ZAM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pumila (POO-mil-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Zamia debilis
Synonym:Zamia latifoliolata

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Jun 4, 2014, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

two distinct leaf forms... a smooth, regular, wide leaf form, and a more narrow-leafed, twisted form (these tend to be slightly larger plants, too). Very red cones (female at least).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Meade, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Osprey, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Pomona Park, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Cayce, South Carolina
Brenham, Texas

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