How to Grow Zamia pumila Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Coontie


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

Zamia pumila Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Zamia pumila
  • Common Name: Coontie
  • Growing Zone: USA: 8 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Groundcover, Indoor Plant, Shrub

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details:
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • 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
  • Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture best)

Caring Conditions

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

Further Information

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

Get the Gardener's HQ Newsletter

* indicates required