Cycads are seed plants with a very long fossil history that were formerly more abundant and diverse. They typically have a stout and woody trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves. They usually have pinnate leaves.
Going as far back as the dinosaurs, cycad plants are great for beginner and seasoned gardeners alike. These appealing plants will not only add interest both indoors and out, but they’re easy to care for. Cycad plants are hardy, evergreen gymnosperms (cone-bearing plants) that grow in sand or hard rock. Cycads are dioecious plants; there are separate male and female plants. The female plant produces seeds, and the male plant produces cones filled with pollen. The most popular cycad is the sago palm. They are slow-growing and have a long life. They usually grow to 3 to 5 feet in height, although they can sometimes reach 10 feet in height.