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Poor Man's Cycad

Encephalartos villosus

Also known as

Broodboom (Afr.)

Full Shade
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

10a-11b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2m

1m

Min

1m

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Poor Man's Cycad Overview

The poor man's cycad is widely cultivated throughout Southern Africa. It is a dwarf species with an underground stem. Leaves are glossy, dark-green and 1.2 - 2.5 m in length. Female cones are cylindrical, 30 - 50 cm in length, green-yellow to orange in colour. Seeds are beautiful dark red. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems with Poor Man's Cycad

Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale Insects and do not overwater!

How to harvest Poor Man's Cycad

Harvest seed as soon as they loosen from the cone.

How to propagate Poor Man's Cycad

Seed

Sow seed just after collection in well-draining sandy soil.

Special features of Poor Man's Cycad

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Other uses of Poor Man's Cycad

Ornamental

Edible

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!