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by Phil & Jesse Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This cycad is native to northern areas of South Afric with populations in Mozambique as well.  It is closely related to Encephalartos lebomboensis.  It gets ten to fifteen feet tall and has green leaves.  It's easy to grow and like sun.  It is also drought tolerant.  Read below for more information on this species.


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Locality:    This species can be found in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and in the Lebombo mountains, Swaziland.  There are also isolated populations reported in Mozambique along the border of Swaziland.   This species is found in a variety of different habitats: from grasslands, to forests, to rocky hills and slopes, to sheer cliffs.  The areas in which they are found are arid to semi-arid.

Plant Size:  This is a medium to large sized species.  The leaves on this species get about two meters long, and stems can reach heights of about four meters.  This species can produce basal suckers, but generally not heavily.

Other Characteristics:   This species is a beautiful green leafed cycad.  It is a fairly fast grower and crowns tend to bee full and lush.  This species is similar in its appearance to both Encephalartos lebomboensis (which this species shares habitat) and Encephalartos natalensis.  Some of the key differences that can be observed is that E. senticosus have wooly apical crowns and female cones.  The spination  of the leaflets varies from the afore mentioned species as well.  Female cones of this species are a yellowish tan color with smooth scales and are wooly.  Male cones are a yellowish orange color.

Culture:  In coastal and inland areas, this plant does well in full or partial sun.  For desert areas, this species would do well in partial sun or filtered light.  This species prefers a soil that drains well.

Landscape Usage:  This is a showy, green species and should be placed as such.  They do make spectacular shows and need some room.  I would place them in the mid to far ranges of a planting (depending on what you are growing), but not over-crowd them so the can be viewed and appreciated.

Availability:  We typically can offer sizes from seedlings or small plants up to an occasional larger plant acquired from a private collection. 

Pricing:  Encephalartos senticosus is a rare but typically available and affordable cycad species.  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 15G 20G Box
Encephalartos senticosus $45+ $55+   $165+   $ 165+   $400+ $550+   $800+



 Encephalartos senticosus is a medium growth rate cycad and usually available.  From seed we have plants up to boxed sizes.  On occasion we get monster specimens from older collections.  Our large specimen and coning plants are sold by the caudex diameter and height. 

  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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