What Type of Plant is this and How do I Care for It?

Hi Judy,
Can you identify what type of plant this is ? I have inherited it and want to make sure I take care of it properly




Hi Gee,



Your plant looks is a ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. These are beautiful, unique, almost impossible to kill succulent houseplants that burst onto the market a few years ago. ZZ HousePlants do well in low light or bright indirect light. Since a Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a slow growing plant even in good light, in low light a ZZ Plant rarely produces new leaves. Direct sun burns the leaves of a ZZ Plant. Over-watering is the only way to kill Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplants. ZZ houseplants do not like wet feet so allow the soil to thoroughly dry out before watering. ZZ Plants have thick roots called rhizomes that store water so when in doubt, do not water. Unlike most plants, Zamioculcas are very forgiving plants, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage. Yellow leaves on a ZZ Plant are an indication that the plant has been over-watered. You can read all my care tips for a ZZ plant in the Popular Houseplants section of the website.


These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.