Zamia pumila Growing Guide

How to Grow Coontie in your Garden


Zamia pumila at Rare Plant Research, Oregon City photograph by Megan Hansen.

Quick Zamia pumila Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Zamia pumila
  • Common Name: Coontie
  • Growing Zone (USA): 08 to 11
  • Life Cycle/Type: Groundcover, Indoor Plant, Shrub

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Color of Bloom:
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Adaptable, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture best)

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seeds; offsets
  • How to Prune:
  • Pests: sooty mold, red scale
  • Diseases: no serious diseases

Further Information

  • Can Attact: Mockingbirds, Blue jays
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best used in: Border, Container Garden, Foundation Plant, Ground cover, En masse, Seashore, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Attractive foliage, North American native, Some parts are poisonous, Attracts butterflies, Does not bloom
  • Genus Detail: Zamia
  • Further Reading: Here and Here

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