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Zanzibar gem or Zamioculcas zamiifolia


Zamioculcas zamiifolia and its many names 

Many plants, in addition to their botanical name, have trivial names. This is the case with Zamioculcas.


It is also called feather of luck, ZZ plant, Zanzibar gem and golden tree. Reasons? The name feather of luck probably comes from the shape of the leaves and the fact that you can't go wrong with the care of this undemanding plant. ZZ plant is the abbreviation of the botanical name Zamioculcas zamiifolia. The name Zanzibar gem comes from the fact that the plant is also native to Zanzibar. And golden tree? This name probably originated because the Zamioculcas is supposed to bring prosperity.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia - invincible like comic character «Hulk» 

The habitat of the Zamioculcas is Central and East Africa. There it grows mainly in forested foothills of the highlands and in lowlands where rocky substrates predominate.


By nature, the Zamioculcas is used to extreme drought. Then, when the rains come, it quickly soaks up moisture to again survive the drought.


Since the early 2000s, the Zamioculcas has experienced a resurgence as an uncomplicated houseplant. It is not only hip and stylish. It is also considered the «world’s toughest houseplant» because the plant survives even the most untalented gardeners. That's the reason for the name Hulk, because this strongman with green skin from the comic series of the same name is also invincible. 

Zamioculcas zamiifolia «Hulk» - regulates humidity and purifies air 

Many houseplants not only have the advantage of improving the indoor climate by regulating humidity and thus providing psychological well-being.


They also have great air purifying abilities, such as our Zamioculcas. This eliminates pollutants such as alcohols, acetone, ammonia, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, ethylbenzene as well as xylene, which benefits our health.


Most often, people do not recommend putting plants in the bedroom, because they emit carbon dioxide. This is not the case with Zamioculcas, because it produces oxygen even at night.


So, for any room - and even in the office - it is an absolute plus in every respect. 

Zamioculcas zamiifolia «Hulk» - a gift with a lot of positive symbolism 

A resilient, low-maintenance plant, Zamioculcas represents calm and serenity, bringing extreme vibrations into balance. That is why it is often used for meditation. In Feng Shui, it also stands for new ideas and is said to help achieve wealth and prosperity. Finally, it promotes determination.


So, it is a plant that you can literally offer to everyone. Because whether calm, serenity and inner balance, inventiveness, determination or even wealth and prosperity: who does not feel addressed!

Zamioculcas zamiifolia «Hulk» - gets angry when waterlogged 

A Zamioculcas can withstand almost anything from a shady to a bright location if it is not in full sun. However, the brighter the location, the faster the growth and the brighter the leaves. If the plant is placed in the shade, it will grow more slowly, but the leaves will develop a very attractive dark green. The plant feels most comfortable at temperatures above 20 degrees C, below 16 degrees C it becomes too cold for it.


The Zamioculcas grows up to 1.5 meters high and becomes very bushy. If the shoots grow too long, you can cut them off (preferably just above the ground). They will grow back next to the cut.


Since the plant has succulent properties, you should water it sparingly. After all, the only thing it does not like at all is waterlogging. Therefore, its motto is: «Don’t make me angry».

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