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PlantFiles: Cycad
Ceratozamia latifolia

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Ceratozamia (ser-at-oh-ZAY-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Ceratozamia mexicana var. latifolia


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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
Light Shade

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:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Cretaceous On Jun 23, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Ceratozamia latifolia is native to Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, and Queretaro).

Ceratozamia are listed on CITES Appendix I.

Positive Bodhisagan On Oct 26, 2006, Bodhisagan from Dallas, GA wrote:

This plant is much hardier than you might think. I know a gentleman in Anniston Alabama groing this among other ceratozamias in zone 8a. It's a beauty. Too bad they're so hard to come by and so expensive.

Positive palmbob On Jul 11, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

another Ceratozamia mexicana-like cycad from Mexico- this one short with a maximum of about 6" caudex above ground. Has spreading habit, but rare to sucker... long leaves with narrowish lancelote slightly cupped leatherly dark green leaflets. I can't often tell this plant from a yound C mexicana. Not common in cultivation but usually available at specialty nurseries


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

Carlsbad, California
Encinitas, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Dallas, Georgia
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
Fordoche, Louisiana
Cayce, South Carolina

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