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Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Palm

SIZE: Pot Diameter x Total Height
12cm grow pot
Size Tip: Fits in a pot with a 12.5cm+ opening

Although commonly referred to as a palm, the Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea) actually belongs to the Cycad family, alongside the closely related Sago Palm. These resilient houseplants have withstood the test of time, predating, and surviving, the era of dinosaurs.

Unlike typical palms, the Cardboard Palm distinguishes itself with its leaves emerging not from fronds, but from a robust and chunky trunk known as a "caudex." This caudex rests on the soil's surface, partially submerged beneath the earth. From this sturdy base, stiff and leathery fronds arise, delicately ridged and reminiscent of corrugated cardboard in texture, hence its unique moniker. Initially upright, these fronds gracefully arch over time, forming a picturesque cascade within a beautifully arranged rosette.

Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Palm Care & Info Guide


Horty Hints

Sun worshipper! The Zamia furfuracea is one of the few houseplants that can handle direct sunlight. Providing full early morning and late afternoon sun will increase the growth rate.

Dust off and trim tight! Keep those fronds pristine by removing dead leaves, but be gentle – they're slow growers. Handle with care to keep them flourishing!

Don't treat me like a tropical! Definitely NOT a palm. Cardboard palms are tough but thrive on very different care to palm trees. Keep them dry, with low humidity for best results.

Please note: images show how this plant may look at various stages of maturity. The size you choose may look different.