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Products > Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii - Karoo Cycad

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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 information about Encephalartos lehmannii displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.