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Zamia furfuraceae/Cardboard Palm

Zamia furfuraceae / Zamia furfuraceae
Makes an excellent container specimen for the summer patio
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Makes an excellent container specimen for the summer patio

It takes several years to grow a plant of this size

A mature plant with an almost ripe seed cone

Close-up of seed cones

Specimen plant

Specimen plant growing on a patio in a warm climate

In gound bed in Central Florida

Large planting in part shade

A large specimen plant in outdoor bed

A female plant with three female reproductive parts or cones

A close up of a female cone with orange seed they produce

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Scientific Name: Zamia furfuraceae
Common Name: Cardboard Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Palms and Palm-like Plants
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This cardboard sago produces a rosette of large leaves with thick leaflets. It is well adapted for growing in containers as an accent specimen on patios and other outdoor areas during the warm months of the year. This sago cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. It grows best in a well drained potting soil in full sunlight to partial shade. Provide fertilizer at least once a year in early spring before new growth begins. There are both male and female plants.