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Big Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)

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Another dodgy dude with a name that is different to what it is (like the Madagascar Palm). This guy is actually a Cycad but has been commonly named a Cardboard Palm due to its superficial similiarities to many palms. 

A native of Southeastern Mexico that has become very popular as both a houseplant and a landscape plant due to their sculptural form and incredible toughness. Leaves approximately 50-150cm long radiate out from the centre of the trunk. Each leaf has between 6-12 pairs of matte-green, pubescent (hairy) leaflets that have a similiar texture to stiff cardboard. 

If you were wondering what this plant would be like in a salad or you just wanted to know what eating cardboard is like stop wondering because they're super poisonous to both humans and pets.

Big Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)


Caring for your Big Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)


They love bright indirect or full sun so near a north-facing window is great. They will tolerate a little bit of shade but keeping them in deep shade for long periods will eventually kill them. Also they don't like frost so keep them indoors or on a covered deck if you live in a frost prone area.

Managing Growth

They are very slow growers when young so they will be happy in the same pot for a few years. Once they mature they will grow more quickly but will reach a maximum size of only 1m tall x 2m wide.


Water when the top few centimetres of soil in the pot has dried out, usually once every 1-2 weeks. Make sure their soil is free draining as they don't like to sit in water.

For more detailed care information, please refer to the our Plant Care Guides.

Local Delivery, NSW

Flat Rate - $49.95

Our extra large and mature range are Local Delivery only. Your plant will be delivered to you straight from our nursery on the Central Coast in NSW. We will deliver to most addresses within approx. 80km of our location, which covers most of metropolitan Sydney and Newcastle. You can use the delivery calculator to see if your address is covered.

Once we receive your order, we will arrange a suitable day and time to deliver this awesome plant to you.

Unfortunately local deliveries are not eligible for free shipping.

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