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PlantFiles: Cycad, White Seeded Sago
Cycas candida

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas (SY-kas) (Info)
Species: candida (KAN-did-uh) (Info)


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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive QCHammy On Feb 26, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grown from seed planted nearly 2 years ago. Germinated quickly sending down a long tap root so use a deep container. Took several months before any above ground growth occurred. Has gone through two flushes of growth of two "fronds" each. Currently has second flush still alive. Hopefully will be sending out more growth soon. Slow growth but easy to care for. Is in a pot in the house. Only water every 2-3 weeks and put in a bright location. Is native to Queensland Australia and was described only as recently as 2004. In it's native habitat it grows in savanna type vegetation on poor, sandy or rocky soil. It's fruit is covered in a thick, white waxy layer. Hopefully can get a photo soon.

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