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Encephalartos natalensis (Natal cycad)

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1 hour care
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4m
Max height
3m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Encephalartos natalensis

Other names

Natal cycad

Genus

Encephalartos Encephalartos

Species

E. natalensis - E. natalensis is a palm-like cycad with an erect, trunk-like stem topped by dark green leaves divided into broadly lance-shaped leaflets, sometimes with spiny teeth at the margins. Yellow flowering cones, brown and woolly when young, are produced in summer.


Encephalartos natalensis is: Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Toxicity

All parts are poisonous if ingested. Sharp-edge leaves may cause injury.

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Cycad weevil , Scale insects Cycad weevil , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation

Sow seed at 24-30 degrees C in a sandy mix. Remove offsets in spring.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Encephalartos natalensis (Natal cycad) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in sharply-drained, neutral to slightly acid soil in partial or dappled shade. Under glass, grow in deep pots in equal mix loam, sand & granulated bark in bright filtered light. In growth, water freely & feed monthly.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Encephalartos natalensis

Other names

Natal cycad

Genus

Encephalartos Encephalartos

Species

E. natalensis - E. natalensis is a palm-like cycad with an erect, trunk-like stem topped by dark green leaves divided into broadly lance-shaped leaflets, sometimes with spiny teeth at the margins. Yellow flowering cones, brown and woolly when young, are produced in summer.

Native to

South Africa

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Toxicity

All parts are poisonous if ingested. Sharp-edge leaves may cause injury.


Colour

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Cycad weevil , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation

Sow seed at 24-30 degrees C in a sandy mix. Remove offsets in spring.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Encephalartos natalensis (Natal cycad) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in sharply-drained, neutral to slightly acid soil in partial or dappled shade. Under glass, grow in deep pots in equal mix loam, sand & granulated bark in bright filtered light. In growth, water freely & feed monthly.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9

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