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Products > Encephalartos natalensis
 
Encephalartos natalensis - Natal Giant Cycad
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Cycad
Family: Cycadaceae (Cycads)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Encephalartos natalensis (Natal Giant Cycad) - This tall cycad can have stems of up to 6 m by 40 cm across. It is usually solitary, but can grow in clumps of up to 11 stems. Cones are yellow with red seeds, female plants have 3-4 cones per stem, males have slightly smaller cones with 4-5 on each stem. Young leaves have white silky hairs and mature into large 1-3M x 30-40 cm glossy green leaves. No other Encephalartos has such a wide variation in foliage and cone sizes - at least seven forms can be distinguished. It takes full sun, has low water needs, and is hardy to about 25 degrees F.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we 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 natalensis.
 
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