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Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)


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 skulptural 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. 


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.


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 dexk 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.

Currently these plants are approximately 20-30cm tall. 

Greeting your Zamia

These plants are shipped in a 1.5L nursery pot that is wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in during transport. They will fit any pot from our Classic Pot Range.

Cycad Owners Guide

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.

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