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Products > Plants - Browse By Plant Category > Cycad > Encephalartos princeps
 
Encephalartos princeps - Kei Cycad
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Cycad
Family: Cycadaceae (Cycads)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Encephalartos princeps (Kei Cycad) - A medium-sized to large evergreen cycad with a sturdy, erect or sprawling trunk to 12 feet tall, growing in clumps of up to fifteen stems, with new suckers produced freely from the base. It is suited to subtropical and temperate regions. These plants require full sun and excellent drainage and tolerate heavy frosts. It is native to the exposed rocky outcrops in Eastern Cape province, South Africa where it experiences dry, mild to hot summers, and cold winters with frequent heavy frosts. In cultivation this plant is most easily confused with E. lehmannii which differs in not 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. With age E. princeps is a much larger plant.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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 princeps.
 
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