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by Phil & Jesse Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This is an extremely popular sun loving South African cycad.  It is medium sized, has leaves that are either blue or green and never gets overly large.  But, the leaflets are quite spiny.  Some think of it as looking like a more green Encephalartos horridus.  Comments below include information on this species and how to grow it in the garden. 


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Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius

Encephalartos arenarius


 Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  The name "arenarius" actually come from Latin  meaning "growing in sand or sandy places".

Plant Size:  This species is small to medium.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  It is a semi-subterranean species which can get about a meter to a meter and a half of trunk above ground.  This species also tends to be prolific in making basal suckers, though this is not always the case.

Other Characteristics:  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus).  Additionally the leaves can be wide or narrow, depending on the cultivar and phenotype of individual plants.  Female cones are a blue-green color and male cones a yellowish/blue color.

Culture:  As with most Encephalartos, this species prefers a well draining soil.  They are particularly suited to a more alkaline, sandy soil like their native habitat.  That being said, they can tolerate more tropical conditions and are quite adaptable.  They are tolerant of coastal full sun and the blue variety is hardy to sun in inland areas as well.

Landscape Usage:  Encephalartos arenarius is one of the more showy Encephalartos you can grow.  They are a fairly fast grower and make large sprawling crowns, which are good for low lying and foreground landscaping.

Availability:  We typically can offer sizes from seedlings or small plants up to coning sized specimens.  At any given time we should have at least a hundred of this species available.  The sizes from bands up to 15g can be easily mail ordered.  Larger plants can be delivered by truck.

Pricing:  Encephalartos arenariuis is a rare species and not the cheapest.  But, we offer smaller, more affordable plants.  Being a good grower in the ground, one will have a good sized plant in not too many years.  Examples of prices are listed below. 
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Species   Band$ 1G 5G CitrusPot 7G $ 15G $ 20G $ 25G $ Box $
Encephalartos arenarius   $75+ $85+   $225+   $ 225+ $350+ $450+ inquire inquire inquire

Larger Encephalartos are sold by the inch of caudex size with some charge likewise for vertical trunk
height.  If you are interested in larger specimen Encephalartos, contact us and we can quote large, coning
sized plants.  We definitely have larger sizes than shown above.

  Note:  All Cycads are Sold by Caudex Size, Not Container Size.
For example, a given pot size could have a smaller or very large plant in the same size pot.
This is why there are "+" signs next to prices.
But, prices above will give you an estimate of beginning prices of each size.






Nursery Location:

450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA  92024

Nursery Phone: 619 291 4605 Nursery Hours:

 Monday - Saturday  9AM to 4PM

Directions to Nursery: Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego). 
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
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