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Products > Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae - Bamboo 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: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Ceratozamia hildae (Bamboo Cycad) - A unique fast growing cycad with interesting pairs of lime-green-colored leaflets arranged in an opposite, yet often asymmetrical, arrangement with another pair along the many upright 3 to 4 foot tall petioles. This forest plant from the states of Veracruz and San Luis Potosí, Mexico in habitat is often solitary but in cultivation can form a clump that eventually forms a solid bush-like plant. Plant in light shade to part day sun and irrigate regularly. Hardy to around 20 ° F. The specific epithet honors Hilda Guerra, the daughter of Luciano E. Guerra of Mission, Texas, who was responsible for the first commercial importation of this cycad from Mexico in 1960. The common name Bamboo Cycad is in reference to this plants perceived resemblance to bamboo with clumps of upright leaves bearing fasciculated leaflets. On a trip to Mexico with cycad expert Jeff Chemnick I was fortunate to see this interesting plant growing in habitat near the town of Aquismón in San Luis Potosí. Our plants in the nursery from seed purchased from SeedCo.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Ceratozamia hildae.