Meet the ZZ Plant

The ZZ Plant, scientifically named, Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is one of our most popular plants, and for good reason! Learn more about this beloved classic.

About the plant

The origins of the ZZ Plant can be traced to eastern and southern Africa. Having evolved in dry grassland and forest in southern and eastern Africa, the anatomy of the ZZ Plant is very unique. She can store copious amounts of water in her potato-looking rhizomes, making her extremely drought tolerant.

These rhizomes are actually underground stems and shoot up bulbous stalks, which have six to eight pairs of glossy leaflets. The leaflets are typically one to three inches long and produce leaves ranging from lime green in their youth to emerald green as they mature. 

ZZ Plants are extremely slow growers with new shoots expected during their growing season. Typically it takes one year for ZZ stalks to grow one foot and they can be expected to grow to about three feet tall at maturity with a spread of three feet. Under ideal conditions, ZZ plants can live to be 30 years old!  

Plant Care

Here at Ansel & Ivy, we love this low-maintenance beauty because she can thrive in a variety of settings. From a filtered window sill to a dimly lit corner, the ZZ Plant can thrive almost anywhere you put her. She is one of the few plants that even does well under fluorescent lights, which makes her the ideal plant for an office space. The ZZ Plant prefers to grow in dry soil and dislikes excessive moisture. In addition to providing beautiful foliage in your space, the ZZ Plant removes Toluene and Xylene from indoor air, allowing you to breathe better.

It is important to note that all parts of the ZZ Plant are poisonous if ingested, so be sure to place her in a spot where pets and children can’t reach her. 

The ZZ Plant is one of the most low-maintenance houseplants there is, requiring minimal attention. The only way to really kill her is by overwatering. To keep her looking her best, use a damp cloth to clean the ZZ Plant’s leaves when they start to look dull from dust accumulation. Avoid using any type of leaf shine as this prevents the leaves from absorbing nutrients. (For detailed instructions on how to care for the ZZ, check out our plant care guide here.)


Ready to add a ZZ Plant to your collection? Shop this beauty in three sizes on our site.

Large ZZ Plant
Medium ZZ Plant
Small ZZ Plant