Episode #122 | Original Air Date: August 18, 2020
Cycads are an ancient group of tropical and subtropical plants that coexisted with the dinosaurs. They dominated the earth then, but are now endangered.
Instead of flowers, cycad plants, which are either male or female, produce cones which bear pollen or large and colorful seeds.
The popular native Florida zamia or “coontie” is a low-maintenance landscape plant that thrives in sun or shade. It has a long history in Florida, and served as a major source of starch for Native Americans.
In northern parts of Florida, the bamboo cycad, and dioons are reliable choices. In frost-free areas, your cycad options are almost endless.
Plant a relic from the past and enjoy it tomorrow!
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