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Top 10 Cycads For Your Garden

Top 10 Cycads For Your Garden

Many times people look for cycads that beautify the look of their place. Whether it is office or home, cycads can surely add shine and glaze. People opt for cycads because they usually look for plants with crown leaves that occupy only a sufficient amount of space.

We have created a list of the top 10 cycads that can beautifully amplify the place once propagated.

1. Cycas Revoluta

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Cycas Revoluta is a species of cycads native to Southern Japan. It is also known as sago palm. It belongs to the kingdom Plantae and can grow up to 3.5m long. Cycas Revoluta is also used for the Ayurvedic treatment of cancer and hematoma.

Key Features:

  • Found in a seashore or on hillsides
  • Ranges in East Asia, Japan, and China

Care Instructions: 

  • Full drained soil
  • Full sunlight

2. Cycas Circinalis

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Cycas circinalis is native to Southern India and is also known as queen sago. These are beautiful tropical plants that can extend up to 3.5m and it crowns several leaves. This beautiful plant can be grown outdoors. With the bright green and glossy leaves, Cycas circinalis brightens up the place.

Key Features:

  • Fastest growing species
  • Requires minimal maintenance

Care Instructions:

  • Thrives in full or partial sunlight
  • Grows on well-drained soil in forests

3. Dioon edule



Dioon edules belongs to the Zamiaceae. It is native to Mexico and can be found in Sierra Madre Oriental, Veracruz, Nuevo Leon. It usually grows from 100 to 200 cm. It has a sturdy stem and falls under the category of tall evergreen plants.
Key Features:

  • Adapts well to indoors and outdoors
  • Common and widely available plant

Care Instruction

  • It needs full sunlight to propagate
  • Non-draining soil

4. Macrozamia spiralis



Macrozamia spiralis belongs to the family of Zamiaceae. It is native to Australia. This plant is distinguished with its bright glossy and short green leaves that improvise your place's entire look. Moreover, this cycad lacks a trunk, which makes it an optimum choice.

Key Features:

  • Spirally twisted fronds
  • It has larger cones and seeds

Care Instructions:

  • Grows well in bright light, use full sunlight
  • Keep soil moist by watering it regularly

5. Zamia



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Zamia is the only species of cycads that are native to 50 states of the United States. This is one of the most attractive cycads plants that can trample growth habitat. It is native to Florida, lower Alabama, and Georgia. With feather-like light green and glossy leaves, it creates an attractive landscape.

Key Features:

  • It falls under the category of hardy plant
  • Tolerant to sun and cold weather

Care Instructions:

  • Prefer filtered to partial sunlight to thrive
  • Hold good and well-drained soil and require a moderate amount of water

6. Dioon spinulosum



Dioon spinulosum falls under the family of Zamiaceae, and the habitat requires rocky hillsides, limestone cliffs, the tropical evergreen rainforests. These are single stem cycads and are native to Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Mexico.

The combination of green-blue and grey leaves adds a unique element to the place, amplifying the plant and home's beauty.

Key Features :

  • Drought resistant plants
  • Highly popular and can grow up to 9 feet

Care Instructions

  • It requires low elevations on the hills for them to grow
  • Avoid using muddy or non-draining soil

7. Cycas cairnsiana



Cycas cairnsiana is native to northern Australia and is considered an evergreen plant that can grow up to 5m. This cycad can grow white-blue leaves that are longer, wider, and falter. Moreover, Cycas cairnsiana grows faster and bigger, fulfilling the desire of having a green and attractive place.

Key Features:

  • Mature leaves and seeds
  • Barely has a nutritional deficiency

Care Instructions:

  • Avoid direct sunlight, keep it at the partial shade
  • Water slightly at the top once the soil starts to get dry

8. Cycas Basaltica



Cycas basaltica is a gorgeous and ultra-rare plant. It thrives well in sunny locations and is native to Australia, and is mainly found in western Australia.

Cycas basaltica is an endangered species and is highly regarded as the most desirable plant in the cycads family. So, owning it will make the landscape more striking and beautiful.

Key Features:

  • Grows in mixed and evergreen forests
  • Can reach over 2 to 4m in height

Care Instructions:

  • Place in the shade with full sunlight, not direct
  • Requires moderate humidity, so water temperately

9. Encephalaris caffer



Encephalaris caffer is one of the rare cycads species also known as Eastern Cape dwarf cycad. With wide and long leaves, this plant adds charm to every complex. This plant is found only in a few areas of South Africa, and it can grow up to 3 feet tall.

Key Features

  • Cold tolerant, requires half sun rays in an arid climate and full in rest
  • Endangered in natural habitat

Care Instructions

  • The soil should be moist always
  • Water twice a week in summer to retain maximum moisture

10. Encephalartos hildebrandtii



Encephalartos hildebrandtii is an extremely rare and sturdy-growth natural habitat plant with green coloured leaves, making the environment look livelier. These belong to the Zamiaceae family and can grow up to 30cm. The narrow, glossy, and long leaves grow up to 8 feet long and are native to Australia.

Key Features:

  • These are tropical cycads
  • Have symmetrical and extremely long leaves

Care Instructions:

  • Let soil completely dry out, then pour water
  • Use minimal water for propagation

Cycads fall under two categories: sun-loving or shade-loving. You can find a particular fit for your place from the list mentioned above and have beautiful green space with long and glossy-green leaves, leaving you with brightness and glare all day long.

Beautify your interior with cycads!

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