ZZ plants known by the botanical name of Zamioculcas Zamiifolia have become a very popular houseplant over the last few years.
In 1996, Dutch nurseries began propagating the ZZ plant and distributing plants on a worldwide scale.
Its toughness has made this native to Kenya and northeastern South Africa one to best indoor plants to come along in the last 25 years.
ZZ plants go by several common names:
- Zee Zee plant
- Zanzibar gem
- Steel plant
- Zizi plant
- Aroid palm
- “Eternity plant”
Zamioculcas fits almost every qualification of a tough plant:
- Handles low light conditions well
- Thrives in indirect light
- Easy to grow with minimal plant care needs
- Low water requirements
- Tough under indoor conditions with lower light levels
- Drought tolerant
- Handles neglect well
- Needs little grooming other than keeping dark green leaves clean and dusted.
The ZZ plant belongs to the Araceae family known for many great houseplants (philodendron, pothos, spathiphyllum, alocasia) but also for its list of many toxic and poisonous plants.
ZZ plants have a reputation for being poisonous strictly by its family association.
As a member of the Araceae family many people ask the question:
Is The ZZ Plant Poisonous or Toxic To People, Dogs, Cats or Horses?
According to sources such as Richard Jauron from the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.
“The ZZ plant is regarded as poisonous to humans and pets if ingested.”
The University of Florida shares:
“It’s important to note that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.”
The Araceae family gets a bad name for being poisonous as the plants contain calcium oxalate.
Our bodies contain calcium oxalate. In fact, kidney stones are the “friendly name” for calcium oxalate stones which no one likes!
What Parts Of The Plant Are Poisonous or Toxic?
All Parts – Everything!
Handling, ingesting and coming in contact with all parts of the plant is not recommended.
This includes the seeds, glossy dark green foliage, roots, and sap, etc