Common name: Cardboard palm plant
Native to: Southeastern Veracruz, Mexico
Low maintenance ornamental plant with a wide rosette of arching stems each with sturdy rounded herringbone leaves. The leaves and stems have a fuzzy surface. Please note they look a little different when young until the leaves mature into their familiar pattern. Hardy in dry gardens, coastal sites, desert planting and other tough situations; needs less humidity and water than other cycad species.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partly shaded
Flowers: None; cones
Foliage: Evergreen; round herringbone leaves
Growth habit: Rosette of arching stems
Hardiness: Hardy, tolerates dry conditions and salty conditions
Height: Up to 1 metre
Spread: Up to 2 metres
Soil requirements: Requires very well drained soil, sandy or gritty if possible. Tolerates salty soil. Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks.
Uses: Accent and specimen planting, landscaping and poolside, also suited to containers.