Cycad
Encephalartos villosus

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: villosus (vil-OH-sus) (Info)

Category:

Cycads

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are 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

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:

San Marino, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Ventura, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

ONe of the more commonly available and faster growing Encephalartos. This is a good plant for more shady gardens- leaves tend to burn in sun (though it will survive there). It likes a lot of water, but not boggy conditions. The caudex tends to stay mostly subterranean in this species so it never gets very tall (height listed is leaves shooting out of the ground height). It has nice golden cones (particularly the female cones) frequently. Has some sharp spines on its leaves so careful where planting it.