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PlantFiles: Cycad
Encephalartos gratus

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Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: gratus (GRAH-tus) (Info)

Category:
Perennials
Cycads

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On Sep 21, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more commonly grown and larger cycads available. It has relatively user-friendly leaves with lancelote spineless leaflets (sometimes very small spines along edges) of a bright, limey green. The leaves can be quite long and this plant will take up a large amount of room in your yard. It is one of the Encephalartos that is a bit happier NOT getting blazing hot sun all day long, and does best in moist, semi-shady yards. I have seen a monster of a plant in Fairchild (Miami), so it obviously loves that hot, humid climate.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California
Simi Valley, California
Tulare, California
Visalia, California
Brandon, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Anahola, Hawaii
Cayce, South Carolina



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