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Encephalartos natalensis

Natal Giant Cycad

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Natal Giant Cycad is a large species forming a broad crown of bright green leaves each up to 3m long. It usually grows as a solitary trunk to 6m although it does frequently sucker at the base. Encephalartos natalensis is closely related to E. altensteinii and once thought to be a form of that species, although studies carried out in the 1950s separated the two. Although tolerating some frost it is best grown in the greenhouse or conservatory, where it will quickly grow into an undemanding and impressive specimen.

Encephalartos natalensis Identification Sheet

South Africa - Natal and Zululand
Common name(s)
Natal Giant Cycad
Full sun, any well-drained soil
Eventual height
6m but slow growing indoors, unlikely to outgrow its space
Eventual spread
Conservatory or greenhouse, will take slight frost
Skill level

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I want to take great care and grow my cycad plant. Why does the palms grow out such a big bulb?