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A picture of a Maputaland Cycad

Maputaland Cycad

Encephalartos ferox

Also known as

Zululand Cycad, Cycad

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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Maputaland Cycad Overview

The Zululand cycad is endemic to the sub-tropical East coast of Southern Africa. Leaves are dark-green and 1 - 2 m in length. Cones are bright salmon-pink to orange-red and scarlet. Female plants sometimes produce golden-yellow cones. Female cones are egg-shaped, 25 - 50 cm in length and produce red to pink or orange seeds.

Common problems with Maputaland Cycad

Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale Insects.

How to harvest Maputaland Cycad

Harvest seed when mature and sow immediately.

How to propagate Maputaland Cycad


Sow mature seed immediately in sandy soil that drains well.


Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.

Special features of Maputaland Cycad

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Other uses of Maputaland Cycad



The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!


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