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by Phil & Jesse Bergman

A Brief Introduction of the Species


This is a brief introduction of this popular blue cycad from the larger green cycad from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is not a large cycad and very popular because of its intense blue color the the spiny leaflets.  In most areas it loves sun and heat. 


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Locality:  Native to the Easter Cape region of South Africa, this is a small to medium sized cycad from regions dominated by dry costal scrub to low lying flat lands which have very little precipitation.  Often they are found in rocky terrain or cliffs paired with Aloes and native brush.

Plant Size:  This cycad is of diminutive size, rarely exceeding a meter.  Leaves are of comparable size, giving an overall height of two meters on large mature specimens.

Other Characteristics:  There are many fascinating characteristics about this plant.  Primarily, it is one of the most variable Encephalartos there are.  For many decades, taxonomists had difficulty describing this species because of their extreme phenotypic variability. Generally this is a "blue" cycad (which is more of a white color than blue), though they can be green as well!  They also tend to be spiny, with three prominent spines, which is where the name comes from "tri-" (three) and "spinosus" (spines).  This trait is also variable as some are "spineless" possessing only one spines at the tip of the leaf, where others are more spiny.  Female cones are a greyish-green color and male cone are a pale to bright yellow color. 

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 20-22 degrees F.  It prefers good draining soil - and should be mounded if your soil is heavy or clay.  It can easily be grown on the patio if given adequate light.  Desert areas in California can grow this species in sun, but areas like Arizona should grow them under protection/filtered light.

Landscape Usage:  This species should be showcased as it has beautiful color and often have striking leaf shape.  I would recommend planting these where you can control the water, which doesn't inherently exclude tropical landscapes (you just need to plan as regards protection from water).  I would plant this species in the foreground so it can be adequately appreciated, but far enough from a walkway so as not to get poked.

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 trispinosus is a rare South African species.  Blue cycads tend to be more expensive than green varieties, but this species is somewhat affordable. Examples of prices are listed below. 

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Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus 

Species Band 1G $   5G CitrusPot 15G 25G Box $
Encephalartos trispinosus   $65+ $75+   $185+   $185+   $500+   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.

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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