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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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Encephalartos lehmannii.
 
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