Coontie (Zamia pumila)
This low growing cycad resembles a small palm that reaches up to 4 feet. It has dark green leaves with reddish seed cones that form in late winter to prepare for autumn pollination. It is becoming very popular in suburban landscapes because its leaves lack the sharp edges that some cycads possess. Coontie is slow-growing and very easy to maintain. Because of urban development, the loss of this plant almost caused the Atala butterfly to become extinct. Since the popularity has increased, the Atala may be safe once again. Plant Coontie in your landscape, around pine trees, in gardens, or enjoy them in flower pots!