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Zamia floridana/Coontie

Zamia floridana / Zamia floridana
Coontie palm with dense foliage
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Coontie palm with dense foliage

In landscape in Florida

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Scientific Name: Zamia floridana
Common Name: Coontie
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Palms and Palm-like Plants
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This is a low growing palm-like plant that produces long sago-like or fern-like fronds. The coontie favors very sandy soils and can tolerate some salt spray, although it will not grow right on the beach. The fronds are softer and more pliable than the regular sago. This plant can tolerate rather long periods of drought because of the large fleshy underground storge roots. In time a single plant will spread and form a mounding colony of plants.