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Cycad post #2 for today, Zamia floridana our native Coontie
Posted by Keith Winter Haven FL on 7/9/2017, 6:28 pm
Its likely that most of you know the Florida Coontie, Zamia floridana. We have planted dozens of these on our dry, sandy plot of land here in Central FL. They thrive and reproduce freely. We have seedlings coming up around the yard. I have no idea what animal moves them, but I love that its happening and hope it continues. There are at least 4 forms of Z. floridana, maybe more. The distinguishing feature is the leaf. There are some with tiny, curled leaves less than a foot long, while at the opposite end of the spectrum is the Palatka Giant that gets 4-5' tall with big showy leaves. Most are somewhere in between. Mine in Jacksonville weren't fazed by temps near 20. They didn't drop a leaflet. Luckily they are becoming more available here in Central FL. They even sell them at Home Depot! So if you don't have this one, buy one when you can. You can keep it in a pot of your winters are too scary. However, my aunt in Columbia SC kept hers in a pot on the back porch through last winter. I wouldn't have advised that, but I do think they would be fine in the ground in Columbia. Its just their kind of environment.
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