Cycad, Scaly Zamia
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Lepidozamia (lep-id-oh-ZAY-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: peroffskyana (per-off-skee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cycads

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full 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

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Berkeley, California

Brentwood, California

Encino, California

Huntington Beach, California

Reseda, California

San Anselmo, California

Santa Barbara, California

Tulare, California

Visalia, California

Ocala, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Cayce, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 26, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice cycad that is particularly 'user-friendly' (no sharp edges) and looks very tropical... almost ferny. It has very shiny, dark green leaflets on long, very evenly symetrical leaves that erupt from the crown every 4-12 months (depending on climate, water, fertilizer and light). It is pretty cold hardy cycad tolerating some frost for such a tropical looking plant. It is relatively fast growing for a cycad. Cheap plants can be mail-ordered from Hawaii already fairly large. Like all cycads, there are male and female plants (dioecious), and they reproduce similar to conifers- by coning. Cycads are among the most primitive plants on earth. This is an Australian native. It appreciates lots of water, heat and fertilizer. In full, hot inland sun, the leaves tend to yellow.