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The cycad is a slow growing plant that starts as a compact, round cluster of leaves, eventually extending out of the soil on a pole-like trunk as high as twenty feet. Even when it is young, before the trunk is much taller than a few inches, the leaves can form a circle 2 to 6 feet in diameter. The cycad is an excellent container plant, and offers a commanding presence in a large area display. In the furthest southern regions of North America, cycads are often grown outdoors as trees.
The Cycad will usually thrive in medium light levels, although it enjoys bright light, especially during periods of growth. Cycad native regions are typically somewhat humid, but this plant can tolerate normal indoor air moisture levels if kept away from vents with dry furnace air.