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
Best Grown In Indoors/Outdoors, Patio
Scientific Name Zamia furfuracea
Salt Tolerance High
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