Cycads are among the most primitive “gymnosperms” (plants whose seeds are not enclosed in an ovary like those of flowering plants). Although palm-like in appearance, they are actually ancient cousins of pines and ginkgos, and their fossil history can be traced back more than 200 million years.
The unique seeds of cycads are born on “sporophylls” (literally seed leaves) arranged spirally into cones. Cycads are tough and durable plants, with either arborescent or subterranean stems. In the garden, some species adapt to full sun and drought while others require moist and shady conditions. Many cycads are endangered in their native habitats and for this reason are regulated by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, or CITES.
There are some 289 species in 11 genera. Only 8 or 10 species, representing 5 genera, are common in horticulture. Since the 1980's, the popularity of cycads has grown at a remarkable rate. That is why we here at HCI have sought to make these rare and beautiful plants available.
Click on the genus names below for information pertinent to the various types of cycads offered for sale by HCI Global. (**** GENUS NAMES ARTICLES COMING)