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by Phil Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This is a brief introduction of this medium to large size green South African cycad species that is quite popular among collections and very easy to grow in Southern California.


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Encephalartos natalensis

Encephalartos natalensis

Encephalartos natalensis


Medium to large green cycad from the the northern part of the Easter Cape region where it natively lives at elevations to 300 feet.  It lives on mountain cliffs and outcrops and is known as the Natal Cycad.
It is similar to E. altensteinii but, rather than a clean basal leaf stem does have prickles and spines. 

Plant Size:  Mature height after many decades can reach up to over twenty feet height and have leaves that are five to eight feet and green in color.  Leaves emerge upright but relax when new leaves are thrown. 

Other Characteristics:  Leaves often have a brown to gold fuzz on them when emerging.  With age, leaflets will have one to five spines on either margin and do come to a point.  Both male and female cones have an orange-yellow color.  Both sexes are needed to make pure species seeds..

Culture:  Along the coast this species tolerates full sun or part day sun.  It easily withstands a freeze and has an absolute cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  It prefers good draining soil - sitting in wet and boggy soil is bad for this species and most cycads.  It can easily be grown on the patio if given adequate light.  Desert areas should consider only a few hours of direct desert sun.

Landscape Usage:  It is best to give this species plenty of room in the garden.  It makes a spectacular specimen plant.  Plants can form suckering offsets but usually have one main primary stem.  Trunks can branch.  In bright sun the leaves may not be as long as in lesser sun.  Plants usually throw new leaves once a year during the growing season.

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 natalensis is a rare species but for a South African species is affordable. Examples of prices are listed below. 

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Species Band 1G 2G 3-5G TreePot CitrusPot 15G 25G 24 Inch Box
Encephalartos natalensis $45+ $65+ $85+ $150+ $ 95+ $ 150+ $450+ $550+ $650+


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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