Zamia integrifolia (Coontie Palm)
Native to Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, this ancient Cycad is related to the Sago and Cardboard Palms.
Low growing, tough and slow growing it can reach up to 1 metre in height. This plant was harvested almost to extinction in the USA in the 1800's, thousands of plants were harvested from the wild and their roots processed into a type of arrowroot powder - this required complex processing - which is interesting as the plant is considered poisonous.
The Coontie palm produces reddish seed cones and the dark green leaves are 20-100 mm long.
The large tuberus root system, which can be 1 metre under the soil, is insurance for the plant should it be damaged by frost or bugs. It will use the stores in the root to help it to regrow again in the spring!
The Coontie Palm must have well drained soil. It will tolerant most positions but prefer shade to semi-shade to thrive. Plant under larger palms for ground cover, use as a border or indoors in pots (ensure the pot is deep to accomodate the roots).
Drought, frost and salt tolerant, this palm is a survivor!
Plants Available: Young healthy plants approx 25cm tall.