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Encephalartos horridus

Ferocious Blue Cycad

Spiny Karifbread
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Encephalartos horridus
Principal Common Name Ferocious Blue Cycad
Common Name(s) Spiny Karifbread
Description It is a small, low-growing cycad up 2-6'and 1-3' across. The trunks branch freely, forming dense clusters of overlapping/entangled blue-green foliage, with between 4 and 8 stems clustered together. Both sexes bear a single cone per crown, males occasionally two in December - January. Mature cones are bluish green in color, the male more blue than the female. The female cone is egg-shaped. Seeds are pale red to carmine in color. The male cone is sub-cylindrical, narrowed at both ends. Leaves do not droop during coning as with some other cycads.
General Comments
Nativity South Africa
Height Range 3 - 6 FT
Spread Range 1 - 3 FT
Flower Showy N
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Blue-Gray
Leaf Texture Coarse : Palm-like : Spiky : Stiff : Thorny
Form Cycad : Shrub
Flower Color
Flower Time Infrequent
Ease of Growing Average : Difficult
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Light Shade
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Color : Container Plant : Evergreen : Speciman

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