Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Zenzi’

Zanzibar Gem, ZZZ Plant

Get ready to add one more Z to the ZZ plant! This relatively new dwarf variety of Zamioculcas zamiifolia has a more compact habit, with dark green leaves.

Rich green upright towers of fleshy succulent stems give Zamioculcas zamiifolia a memorable architectural form that makes for an incredibly impressive specimen plant despite its easy to care for nature.

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Origin: East Africa
Genus: Zamioculcas
Species / Cultivar: zamiifolia var. 'Zenzi'
Common Name: Zanzibar Gem, ZZZ Plant
Synonym: Caladium zamiifolium

Plant Biography

Native to dry grassland and forest areas of East Africa, parts of this succulent have historically been used by traditional healers in Malawi and Tanzania to treat ear ache and inflammatory conditions.

The name Zamioculcas zamiifolia alludes to this plant’s strong resemblance to a Zamia cycad, but this tongue twister-esque name is often shortened to ‘ZZ Plant’.

Similar to cycads though, Zamioculcas zamiifolia is one of the most ancient plants we cultivate for our homes. In fact, it’s often described as a “living fossil” as it is thought to have evolved around 42 million years ago.

The ‘Zenzi’ cultivar of the ZZ plant is a dwarf variety that will not grow more than 30 cm.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Zenzi'
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >7°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert tip

The Zenzi develops a strong root system and most of the time the plant is sold pot bound, sometimes to the point where the pot is deformed. This however does not affect the plant in any way, it actually prefers it, as this will allow water to drain faster from the pot.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Zamioculcas zamiifolia is an incredibly forgiving house plant to care for as its fleshy stems make it extremely drought tolerant. It’s a succulent that loves sunlight, but can even tolerate very low light levels so long as it’s sparsely watered. If the leaves become longer than average, it may suggest it needs more sunlight.

ZZ plants are also easy to propagate at home with cuttings of leaflets and stems with leaves. In the wild, when there is prolonged drought, the leaves will drop to the ground and a new plant will begin to grow.

The plant’s deep green leaves filter air borne toxins, purifying the air in your home.

Very green and large very good service first class

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Very green and large very good service first class


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