Lebombo Cycad
Encephalartos lebomboensis

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: lebomboensis (le-bom-boh-EN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Cycads

Height:

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)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:

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

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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:

Carlsbad, California

Reseda, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Fort Myers, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Feb 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common cycad in cultivation and is closely related to E altensteinii and E natalensis. However it is a smaller plant all around. This plant in my experience has the sharpest leaf spines of all the cycads and is truly a dangerous plant- ouch! Some forms have prickles on the leaflet tips, while others have simple leaflets without any extra prickels. It's a pretty slow grower and I have never seen one with more that a foot of trunk, though reportedly the trunks grow to 12' (not all height, though... usually topple over and crawl along the ground at some point)