Cycad, Australian Sago
Cycas media

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas (SY-kas) (Info)
Species: media (MEED-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cycads

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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:

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:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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:

Riverside, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Visalia, California

Gardeners' Notes:

0
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

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

This is a highly variable species, and recently Kent Hill, a cycad expert, has divided many of the 'forms' into separate species. These are highly resistant to fires, as the area of Australia they live in is torched often. All the leaves burn off, but new leaves are rapidly flushed out to replace the old ones. This species is one of the more commonly available in cultivation, but not one of the more unique or sought after species.

Neutral

On Sep 26, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This Cycad grows on the coast of Queensland in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, generally growing in open forest on rocky hillsides.