Visually stunning with its sculptural form and tough for rough elements. Zamia fufuracea is a cycad commonly known as the "Cardboard Palm.”  However, it’s not a palm at all but similar in growth habit. Leaves radiate from the trunk eventually taking on an arching habit. Each leaf has green slightly furry leaflets that are very sturdy (like cardboard), and sometimes a toothed tip.  

Light: Full sun to partial sun

Water: Dry down 20% of its volume

Environment: Not humidity driven; prefers warmth

Toxicity: Reported to be toxic, especially the seeds; contains Cycasin which is toxic to animals and humans

Habit / SIze: They can grow to approximately 3'H x 6'W at maturity

Of Note:

  • Zamia furfuracea are dioecious, like most other Zamia species
  • Likes to be fed with palm fertilizer
  • Regular potting mix cut with succulent mix for extra drainage support is preferred

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.