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Encephalartos lehmanii, Karoo Cycad

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 Encephalartos lehmanii
Family: Zamiaceae
Karoo Cycad
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Palm or palm-likeSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Itís habitat is semi-arid sandstone slopes of Easter Cape Province, South Africa. Very hot and dry in summer, cold and wet in winter, with frosts being common. Lehmanii grows as a clumping, medium sized plant to about 2 m. This is one of the famous "blue" Encephalartos, and said to be the easiest to grow. It requires full sun, and extremely well drained soil. Frost tolerant -5C.

Wild populations of Encephalartos lehmannii are threatened by habitat destruction and collection of plants for horticultural and medicinal uses.

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 Encephalartos lehmanii, Karoo Cycad

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