Encephalartos lehmannii, Karoo Cycad

Encephalartos lehmannii

Karoo Cycad
Family: Zamiaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliagePalm or palm-like plantEthnomedical plant.
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It's 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 lehmannii, Karoo Cycad

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