This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa. I say “popular” because some people don’t like spines and prickles. The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end. They are nothing as gnarly as E. horridus. The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform. The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps. Trunks of E. lehmannii can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old. Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled. Sometimes they’ll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve. Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus. But, you’ll only see this color with full, hot sun. In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green because they are not getting full sun and have lots of humidity. Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F. In the desert only give it a few hours sun.
Shown below are E. lehmannii that were put into 5 gallon pots about 9 months ago. They have r to 6 leaves with caudexes 1 to 1.5 inches. They can remain in these containers for 2 to 3 years. Easy to mail order. We do have larger sizes of 5 gallon not on sale currently. This size is easy to mail order.