Cycas calcicola is a large shrub that typically grows to a height of 5-10 feet tall, and is native to northern Australia. It is a type of cycad that is palm-like, featuring soft, round leaves that are either a bright green or a silver-gray color, depending on the age of the leaves. The cycad has thorns or spines, giving it an even more palm-like appearance. Despite its native habitat being full sun and regular water, Cycas calcicola will still thrive in moderate water levels, but it must have well-drained soil.
Plant can be grown in ground in USDA zones 9-11. In colder climate the Cycas calcicola can be grown in a pot. When planting the cycad in a pot, it is important to make sure the pot is large enough. A larger pot will give more room for the root system to grow, and will also help prevent the cycad from becoming root bound. It is essential for the cycad grown in a pot to receive the same amount of direct sunlight, as well as regular watering, as it would in its native environment. The soil in the pot should also be well-draining, as standing water can lead to root rot.
If given the correct care, Cycas calcicola can make for a stunning addition to any yard or garden, with its striking color and distinctive features. It also makes for a hardy and resilient plant, due to its natural ability to thrive in its native environment, even when conditions are slightly less than ideal.