Cycas revoluta

Cycas revoluta

Sago palm

  • Botanical name: Cycas revoluta
  • Common name: Sago palm
  • Family: Cycadaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Sago palm, Cycas revoluta, is not a palm at all but a cycad. However its palm-like, feathery foliage, and cones, make it very similar to a palm or tree fern. Native to the southern regions of the United States, it’s commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. It’s ideal for growing in a container, which you can move outside in summer, however it is possible to grow it outside in milder regions of the UK, as long as winter protection is provided.

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Grow Cycas revoluta in free-draining soil or compost in full sun. If growing outside as part of a tropical planting scheme, provide full protection in winter as temperatures below -5° will damage the leaves. Avoid over-watering as this can lead to root rot.

How to grow Cycas revoluta

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

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Cycas revoluta and wildlife

Cycas revoluta has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cycas revoluta poisonous?

Cycas revoluta is harmful if ingested and causes an upset stomach.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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