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by Phil & Jesse Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This is the most utilized cycad in landscapes in South Africa.  This is because it is more common there and affordable.  The leaves are green and tend to be upright.  Leaflets are narrow.  It tolerates filtered light.  Comments below include information on this species and how to grow it in the garden. 


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Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus


Locality:  Of the South African species, Encephalartos villosus has one of the largest distributions.  It can be found in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and into Swaziland.  Generally this species grows in forested areas with moderate to high levels of rainfall annually.

Plant Size:  This species is small to medium sized.  The leaf length is two to two and a half meters.  The trunk on this species is mostly subterranean, meaning you will see minimal trunk above ground (if at all).  Stems are typically solitary, but this species can produce basal suckers.  Some can become quite dense with pups, but this varies from plant to plant.

Other Characteristics:  This is a very tropical looking, shade/filtered light Encephalartos.  They are good growers and have attractive crowns of leaves.  The leaflets are armed, but as the leaflet tissues are soft the plant isn't very sharp, or pokey.  The petioles are armed with long prickles and spines, but you will only have to contend with these while trimming.  The female cones are a remarkable golden yellow, where as the males cones are more of a pale yellow. 

Culture:  This species prefers shade or filetered light.  Being a sub-canopy plant they are water tolerant, but do not want to be in boggy soil (like many of the Encephalartos).  They prefer a good draining topsoil that is a bit acidic.

Landscape Usage:  This species is well suited to established gardens that have some shade.  They certainly add a tropical element to any landscape and really stand out with their beautiful cones.  As this species does get some size to it, give it adequate room.  I would suggest at least a meter between this species and another plant (excluding ground cover and miniature species)

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 2G 5G$ CitrusPot   15G$ 25G $ Box $
Encephalartos villosus       $65+ $150+ $ 150+ $350+   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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