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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 (sometimes large) cycad with arching leaves, a stacking of the leaflets and leaf color that varies from intense blue to dark green.  Many feel it is one of the most attractive of all the Encephalartos. 



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Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius

Encephalartos longifolius


This cycad is endemic to the Easter Cape region of South Africa.  It is one of the most western Encephalartos species in Africa (the other being Encephalartos lehmannii, which it partially shares habitat with).   Its habitat starts west of Joubertina (located in the Kouga Mountains)  throughout Kouga and Suuranys Mountains to the west and north.

Other Characteristics:  This cycad is quite attractive and variable.  Consistent through all variations, this plant is quite symmetrical and tends to have stacking leaflets.  This species can be many different colors, from a limey green to a powdery silver (and every color in between).  Additionally, this species can be armed or completely unarmed, meaning the leaflets and petiole may or may not possess spines.  This plant is medium in stature, and can eventually reach heights of ten to twelve feet after more than a century.  Leaf length can vary, but are generally between three to five feet.  The caudex (trunk) on this species tend to be thick/stout, though some plants will have more elongated caudices.  Trunk widths can range between twenty to thirty inches, depending on the age of the specimen, growing conditions and the plant itself.

Encephalartos longifolius is a full sun plant for most areas in California. Though in extreme desert heat, this species will need protection, either partial sun or filtered light.  They like soil that drains well and prefer a slightly acidic pH. 

Landscape Usage: 
This species is fast growing, making new sets of leaves once to twice a year (depending on culture).  They are quite showy and should be used as a focal point in the garden.  As they don't make massive plants, it is recommended to place them in the forefront of your garden plantings where they can be adequately appreciated.  They are quite adaptable and can work in tropical, Mediterranean and desert type landscapes.

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.

Encephalartos longifolius is a rare South African species.  This species tends to be more expensive than green varieties, but is somewhat fairly affordable. Examples of prices are listed below. 

Encephalartos longifolius

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Encephalartos longifolius 
Encephalartos longifolius 
Encephalartos longifolius  Encephalartos longifolius   
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius  Encephalartos longifolius   

Species Band 1G 5G   CitrusPot 15G 20G 25G Box
Encephalartos longifolius $45+ $75+   $185+   $ 185+ $475+  inquire inquire  inquire
Encephalartos longifolius (blue form) $65+ $85+   $195+   $ 200+ $500+ inquire inquire inquire

Larger Blue Encephalartos are sold by the inch of caudex size when larger.  This applies to the
diameter of the caudex.  But, with age and vertical height, there can be additional charges.
The current retail price for these larger plants of this species is $150 per inch of caudex and an
additional charge may be added for vertical trunk height.

Larger sizes than shown above may be available

  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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