the fabulously horrid Eastern Cape Blue cycad!

Posted: July 11, 2019 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time
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yesterday we visited the Southern Africa Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Sydney
the fabulously horrid Eastern Cape Blue cycads are thriving
the formidable spines and very stiff leaves of Encephalartos horridus
will go back in spring when the weather is warmer to draw this amazing plant!

  1. WOW. The gardener needs leather gauntlets. Stunning plant.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) when I worked at the Botanic Gardens in the early 90’s we wore leather gauntlets to weed the cactus and succulent garden, it required a very Zen state of mind.

  2. ravenandsparrow says:

    Yikes!! That looks like a mean plant, but the color and the shapes are beautiful.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) those spines are very sharp, it was love at first sight, I wanted to buy one for my very own but on second thought it’s better just to visit!

  3. Rene Walkin says:

    Hi Mo!

    Love seeing this post as I am from South Africa, specifically, Cape Town and my son was at school in the Eastern Cape. One of the things I really miss are the magnificent indigenous plants. My personal favourites are the Aloes. I have long had it in mind to produce a series of artworks combining stitch and paint on cloth with Aloes as the subject but like so many dreams it is languishing, waiting for a massive kick in the butt! I think you have sent me a gentle reminder from the Universe that my work remains undone! I love your posts and loved Old man Crow’s latest song. You are a lovely, creative couple and i love that you are horticulturists in your day jobs!

    Have a wonderful day! Rene xx


    • Mo Crow says:

      (((René))) look forward to seeing your Aloes realized in stitch and paint, South Africa has so many beautiful plants with many similarities to Australian species.

  4. Barry says:

    Hi MC – that does look like a seriously deadly (spiky) plant – but good lines. B

  5. Judy Martin says:

    thanks for this educational post Mo – xo – love you

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