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Zamia furfuracea 'Cardboard Palm'

Zamia furfuracea 'Cardboard Palm'

Zamia furfuracea 'Cardboard Palm' - This is another of our living fossil plants. Cardboard Palms have leaves 3 to 4 feet long that emerge from a central point forming a rosette. When grown in bright sunlight, the rosette becomes a 3 foot high clump of tightly overlapping leaves that will slowly grow to 6 feet in diameter. The thick leathery leaves are pinnate and have 5 inch long by 1 inch wide oval leaflets. They are slightly fuzzy and feel a little like cardboard when rubbed. Cardboard Palm is native to the warm sandy coastal plains of Mexico. It is also a popular and easy to grow houseplant. Bright sun to partial shade. 


Cycads are as old or older than the dinosaurs - nearly 300 million years old. Thriving in the Jurassic Period, cycads dominated the landscape during the time of the dinosaurs. Excellent drainage is the most important requirement for the growth of cycads. Water must never sit around cycad roots. Cycads are gymnosperms along with pines and ginkgoes. Cycad growth is generally slow but some cycads are quick growing and can live to be hundreds of years old. Although sometimes confused with palms, cycads are much more primitive and are evolutionarily very different. 


Name                                            Zamia furfuracea 'Cardboard Palm

Common Names                        Cardboard Palm

Grow Zone                                  9

Light Conditions                        Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade

Water Requirements                 Average

PH Level                                    6.6-8.5

Minimum Height                       3 feet

Maximum Height                      4 feet

Growth Habit                            Slow

Bloom Color                             Inconspicuous

Fragrant                                   No

Best Grown In                         Indoors/Outdoors, Patio

Scientific Name                      Zamia furfuracea

Class                                       Cycadopsida

Family                                     Zamiaceae

Genus                                     Zamia

Species                                  furfuracea

Salt Tolerance                       High 

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