The Karoo cycad is indigenous to the south-eastern parts of the Great Karoo. Leaves are blue-grey. Female plants are able to produce two different cone forms: one that produces red seeds and another that produces orange seeds.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Harverst seed when mature (colored).
Sow seed while fresh into well-draining soil mix.
Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.
South Africa, Great Karoo
Semi-arid to Arid Interior
Soil PH preference
The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!