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Ferocious Blue Cycad Palm Tree | Encephartos horridus, Easten Cape Blue Cycad for Sale

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Rs. 99.00
Common name:
Easten Cape Blue Cycad, Ferocious Blue Cycad
Palms and Cycads
Cycadaceae Cycad family
Sun growing, Semi shade
Normal, Can tolerate less
Primarily grown for:
Flowering season:
Flowers are inconspicuous
Flower or Inflorescence color:
Foliage color:
Plant Height or length:
2 to 4 meters
Plant Spread or Width:
1 to 2 meters
Plant Form:
Upright or Erect
Special Character:
  • Rare Plant or difficult to get plant
  • Good for Cut foliage
  • Thorny or Spiny
Generally available in India in quantities of:
Less than ten

Plant Description:

The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad (Encephalartos horridus) is a species of cycad native to the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is an endangered species, with a small and declining population due to habitat loss and over-collection.

The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad is a small to medium-sized plant, growing up to 5 meters tall. It has a thick, woody stem and long, narrow leaves that are blue-gray in color. The leaves are arranged in a spiral pattern and are stiff and spiky, giving the plant a spiky appearance. The plant is dioecious, meaning that individual plants are either male or female and bear separate male or female cones.

The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad is adapted to dry, rocky habitats and is typically found in grasslands or along the edges of forests. It is resistant to drought and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. The plant is slow-growing and long-lived, with some specimens known to be more than a thousand years old.

The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad is an important plant in the traditional medicine of South Africa, and is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens. However, due to its endangered status, it is protected by law and may not be collected from the wild or sold without a permit. If you are interested in cultivating this plant, it is important to obtain plants from a reputable source that has been propagated sustainably.

Growing tips:

Here are some tips for caring for the Eastern Cape Blue Cycad:

  • Light: The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad requires plenty of sunlight and can tolerate full sun to partial shade.

  • Water: The plant is adapted to dry conditions and can tolerate drought, but it will do better with regular watering. Water the plant deeply, but allow the soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

  • Soil: The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad prefers well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. A mixture of potting soil, sand, and perlite or vermiculite can be used.

  • Fertilizer: The plant can benefit from fertilization, but it is important to use a fertilizer that is high in potassium and low in nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can cause the plant to produce too much foliage at the expense of cone production.

  • Temperature: The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it is sensitive to frost and should be protected from freezing temperatures.

  • Pests and diseases: The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be affected by mealybugs, scale insects, and cycad aulacaspis scale. These can be controlled with the use of horticultural oils or insecticides.

  • Propagation: The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad can be propagated from seeds or offsets (small, new plants that grow from the base of the parent plant). Seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil mixture and kept moist until they germinate. Offsets can be carefully removed from the parent plant and transplanted into a new pot.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your Eastern Cape Blue Cycad thrive. However, keep in mind that this plant is endangered and should be protected. It is illegal to collect plants from the wild, and it is important to obtain plants from a reputable source that has been propagated sustainably.


The Eastern Cape Blue Cycad (Encephalartos horridus) has a number of traditional medicinal uses among the indigenous people of South Africa. The plant is believed to have a range of therapeutic properties, including:

  • Analgesic (pain-relieving) effects: The plant has been used to treat a variety of painful conditions, including toothaches and headaches.

  • Anti-inflammatory effects: The plant has been used to reduce inflammation and swelling in a number of conditions, including arthritis and injuries.

  • Antimicrobial effects: Extracts of the plant have been shown to have antimicrobial activity against a number of bacterial and fungal species.

  • Diabetes management: The plant has been traditionally used to treat diabetes and to regulate blood sugar levels.

  • Cancer prevention: Some studies have suggested that the plant may have cancer-preventive effects, although more research is needed to confirm this.

It is important to note that the medicinal properties of the Eastern Cape Blue Cycad have not been extensively studied, and there is a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of the plant as a treatment for any medical condition. As with any plant, it is important to use caution and to consult a qualified healthcare professional before using it for medicinal purposes.