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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 provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Ceratozamia hildae.