Cycads are an ancient variety of plant, dating back to before the Dinosaurs. There are over 300 different species, and they are found across a wide part of the world. Cycads are often mistaken for palms, or ferns, as there are similarities in appearance, however they are only remotely related.
Many cycads are very suitable for use in gardens and pots, and are known to survive even the harshest climates, from desert to frost. The most commonly used species in modern horticulture are Cycas (such as the Sago Palm), Zamia (such as the Cardboard Palm) and Dioon (such as the Coontie).