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Products > Encephalartos lehmannii
 
Encephalartos lehmannii - Karoo Cycad
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Cycad
Family: Cycadaceae (Cycads)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 4-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Encephalartos lehmannii (Karoo Cycad) - A clump forming medium-sized evergreen cycad with a trunk that can grow 4-6 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet across but is usually seen in cultivation as a plant that, overall, is 4-5 feet tall. The leaves are slightly recurved at the tip. The 3-6 inch long leaflets are blue-gray when young, and darken greener with age. It has low water needs and is hardy to 25-30 degrees F. Its native habitat is the semi-arid sandstone slopes of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa where it experiences very hot and dry conditions in summer months and cold and wet conditions in winter. Frosts are common in this area. This is one of the most frost hardy of the Encephalartos that we grow. A large plant in an exposed site in our garden has withstood 26 F without any damage. In cultivation this plant is most easily confused with E. princeps which differs in having its leaflets in the same plane: Opposing E. lehmannii leaflets can be folded together flat while E. princeps leaves come together side to side.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Encephalartos lehmannii
 
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