The King Sago Palm

We got the gift of a King Sago palm some years ago, and planted it in the front of our yard. It is a slow-growing plant, but it is doing pretty well.Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)The King Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is also known as Sago palm and Japanese Sago palm. It is not a true palm.

I read that the King Sago palm is a member of the ancient Cycad group of plants which are the oldest seed producing plants on earth. They actually predate the dinosaurs. They spread 6 to 10 ft and grow to heights of 5 to 20ft; they can grow for over 100 years.Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)Male Sago palms produce a yellow pine cone having pollen, while female Sago palms produce a tan coloured leaf-like cone containing orange/red seeds. These seeds are poisonous and ingesting them will result in seizures, coma, and death for humans.

Although all parts of the Sago palm are toxic, the root of the Sago palm is actually used to produce a starchy food known as sago. This root must be carefully washed and detoxified before human consumption.

Warning: Your pets are likely to chew on this plant as it does not have a bitter taste; please note that animals who ingest this plant will die. The Sago palm is highly toxic to pets, especially dogs. Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)King Sago palms can be grown outdoors as well as in pots. They prefer full sunlight, well drained soil, and moderate watering. Click here to read more about growing and caring for this ornamental plant.


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