Encephalartos ferox , Tongaland Cycad

Encephalartos ferox

Tongaland Cycad
Family: Zamiaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterThorny or spinySubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Encephalartos ferox is a small shrub that originates from South Africa. It typically grows to a height of between 2-5 ft and is well known for its attractive dark green foliage. But that's not all - it also has spectacular orange-red to scarlet cones, adding an extra dramatic element.

This plant prefers full sun and regular water. It is able to tolerate moderate water, but should not be exposed to waterlogged soils. Be aware when handling this plant - it can be quite thorny or spiny and should be handled with care.

In terms of cold hardiness, the mature plants can tolerate temperatures of at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit during short periods. It is suitable to be grown in USDA zones 8-11. If you are looking to grow this plant in a pot in cold regions, you will need a large container to provide protection against the cold weather and to ensure that soils do not get waterlogged. For protection against frost, cover the container with a thick blanket. Avoid over-watering the plants as this can cause root rot, and ensure to water it moderately and deeply. Pruning may be necessary to contain its size and shape, as needed.

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