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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. 

This information about Ceratozamia hildae 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.