Encephalartos lehmannii

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Figure 1. E. lehmannii leaf close-up.


Distribution & Habitat:

Semi-arid sandstone slopes of Easter Cape Province, South Africa. Very hot and dry in summer, cold and wet in winter, with frosts being common.


Clumping, medium sized plant to about 2m. Noticable blue tinge to the leaves.


One of the famous "blue" Encephalartos, and said to be the easiest to grow.


Requires full sun, and extremely well drained soil. Frost tolerant.

Figure 2. Attractive specimen of E. lehmannii at the Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens, Brisbane.
Figure 3. E. lehmannii
Figure 4. E. lehmannii Paardepoort form

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1)
Mike Gray (Figure 2)
Dr Andre J. Cilliers (Figure 3&4)

External Links:

Cycad Pages, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums