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Products > Encephalartos princeps
 
Encephalartos princeps - Kei 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: 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.  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 princeps.
 
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