ZZ plant is the quiet hero of nearly any Instagram-worthy houseplant collection.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia has been around for centuries, originating in drought-prone Africa (where it thrives outdoors). A couple of decades ago, Dutch nurseries located in South Africa saw the plant’s propagating potential and in 1996 started distributing it around the world.
ZZ plant tolerates neglect, is drought tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions. Its waxy, smooth leaves reflect sunlight and brighten rooms.
ZZ plant also is an air purifier and in a NASA study, researchers found it is specifically adept at removing copious amounts of toxins such as xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.