Zamioculcas zamiifolia

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Known usually just by its initials, the ZZ plant is famed as the toughest houseplant ever. It tolerates all kinds of abuse (low light, soggy soil, drought, drafts) and no pests are known to bother it. (Not even Ramona Quimby.)

It’s a very slow grower and seldom needs repotting, in fact, it enjoys being rootbound. Just give it moderate moisture, a bit of all-purpose fertilizer every 3 or 4 months, and keep it in medium to low light (be sure to keep it out of direct, hot sun – that’s one thing it won’t tolerate). Its arching shape and naturally shiny foliage always look great no matter the color of your thumb.

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