Cycad
Zamia encephalartoides

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Zamia (ZAM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: encephalartoides (en-sef-uh-lar-TOY-deez) (Info)

Category:

Cycads

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is not a plant I have any personal experience with, but have seen it in collections around the world. It is very rare in cultivation (probably because it is a rare native of Colombia, a 'difficult' place to collect plants from). It is a highly prized cycad due to it's attractiveness as well as it's scarcity. But it also is surprisingly hardy considering its from tropical Colombia. It has successfully been grown outdoors in So Cal. It is from the higher mountain deserts of Colombia which is probably why it can tolerate some drout and cold. It has highly arched leaves with bright lime-green leaflets totally devoid of spines (user friendly). The female cone is similar in appearance to that of the genera Encephalartos (hence the name).