The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is one of the most interesting and easy to grow houseplants out there. It first became popular and accessible in the 1990s, and since then, more and more awesome new forms have been developed for trade.
At the moment, there are at least a dozen available, and more are on the way! Here’s a list of 6 great ZZ plant varieties that you can grow in your home after reading our zz plant care guide.
Raven is the popular trade name of the ‘Dowon’ cultivar. This eye-catching form is becoming more popular, and thankfully easier to find as well. Like the birds they are named after, these dark, glossy plants can look almost black in low lighting. On closer inspection, you’ll notice that the foliage is in fact a dark shade of purple.
This is definitely a plant for people who like unusual and striking plants, especially types that are easy to care for. Just set it in a bright spot, water it lightly, and enjoy its impact on your environment. This variety grows to the full size of around 3 feet (0.9m) or slightly taller but does so at a very manageable(read slow) rate.
‘Dark Zamicro’ & ‘Zamicro’
If you like the dark and mysterious look of ZZ Raven, but want something a little smaller, then ‘Dark Zamicro’ is just the plant for you. The leaves of this cultivar typically stay under about 16 inches (40cm) in height. This newly patented cultivar has the same upright growth form as the regular Zanzibar gem we love so much but also features flattish, relatively small, leaflets that measure a little over half an inch across (17mm).
Like ZZ Raven, the leaves of ‘Dark Zamicro’ Start out bright green when young, darkening as they mature. The regular ‘Zamicro’ has the same compact properties, only in the natural emerald green shade as the parent species.
‘Zenzi’, or the dwarf ZZ, is another compact form that makes a wonderful beginner houseplant for your home. On these plants, the leaflets are more tightly grouped on the rachis (Leaf-stalk). The rachis is also more robust, making for a more chunky-looking plant.
It grows a little smaller than the regular version, typically reaching a little over a foot (0.3m) in height. Essentially, this very attractive houseplant has the same care requirements as the regular Zamioculcas zamiifolia but, needs a little less space. What’s not to like, right?
‘Lucky’ is another patented cultivar that is more compact than the regular species. It is most easily differentiated by its more rounded and flattened leaflet shape. This form is also a little smaller than the regular Zanzibar gem.
Gold Variegated ZZ Plants
It is unclear as to whether there are stable variegated cultivars, but variegated forms are available from time to time. These plants can be difficult to find and tend to be pretty pricey, but they are undeniably beautiful!
Variegated ZZ plants can be quite variable with different leaves on the same plant often having very different levels of variegation. Even the individual leaflets on a single leaf can range from completely, green, to variegated, to completely yellow. These plants have the same care needs as regular green Zanzibar gems but will need a little more light because of the decreased chlorophyll content of the leaves.
White Variegated ZZ Plants
Like the gold variegated forms, white variegated ZZ plants are very variable but have leaves that are marked in green and white, rather than green and golden-yellow. The white forms vary from a clean white, through cream to silver or grey. The leaves may vary from a uniform, single shade to spotted, all the way through to completely green.
The different cultivars of the ZZ plant show awesome variation in size, leaf shape, and color. They all make wonderful houseplants that pretty much anyone can keep happy and healthy. Why not add a few of these wonderful low-maintenance plants to your collection?