Belonging to the ancient plant family - Cycadaceae, it is a plant with some serious history. Versions of the cycad family were around when dinosaurs walked the earth, over 250 million years ago!
Despite being nicknamed as a palm and its very palm-like appearance, it isn't actually a palm, but a cycad. This can be put down to a phenomenon called convergent evolution, the independent evolution of similar features in unrelated species.
A very, very, very slow-growing plant, the Sago Palm can reach up to 6-7m tall. However, it may take more than a lifetime to get to those heights. Current records estimate that the tallest specimens have taken between 50-100 years to reach maturity.
Growing everywhere from dense jungles to open plains, this plant can tolerate a range of conditions. However, for the healthiest plant, grow in lots of bright light with access to an hour or two of passing direct sunlight.
The species name ‘revoluta’ is named in reference to the curled back leaves that arch away from the trunk of the plant.
Part of the family Cycadaceae, an ancient lineage of species dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Other names for this plant include:
Cycad, King Sago
Light | Growing everywhere from dense jungles to open plains, this plant can tolerate a range of conditions. However, for the healthiest plant, grow in lots of bright light with access to an hour or two of passing direct sunlight.
Water | For best growth, watering should still be regular, provided the majority of the soil has dried out in between.
Temperature | Although relatively unfussy with temperatures, the Sago Palm will not enjoy sneaky draughts or highly changeable climates. For the healthiest plant, keep temperatures between 15-35°C.