Zamioculcas commonly known as Zanzibar gem, ZZ plant, eternity plant or emerald plant is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae. It is a tropical plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.
Light and position in the home
Remember your ZZ plant is used to hot temperatures and will do best when provided with bright indirect light. Some sun will be tolerated.
Flowers and foliage
The ZZ plant is known as a flowering plant. They rarely produce flowers, but the plant will flower usually in mid-summer to early autumn. The flowers are small and vary from bright yellow to brown or bronze. The flowers are usually partly hidden among the leaf bases. The plant is also known for its wide, dark green leaves which can be 40-60cm long. The leaves are smooth and shiny and are pinnate. This means that the leaves have feather-like features arising from both sides
Temperature and humidity
The best growth is between 18 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius.
What makes the plant so popular is that it is very low maintenance. Pay attention to it and make sure you are watering the plant daily, but be careful not to overwater your ZZ plant as this may destroy the plant through tuber rot.
Did you know?
The ZZ plant is normally evergreen but becomes deciduous during drought. This is down to its unique root system! Large potato-like roots known as rhizomes are found beneath the plants that you see above the soil. These rhizomes store water which is why the plant does well during droughts.