Plant ID forum: Identifying A Plant

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Laguna Niguel, CA
CsmithCA
Jun 6, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Hello,

I live in Southern CA. I recentl moved here from the East coast, and am enjoying the amazing planting weather. I am a beginning gardener, and am having trouble identifying this plant. Does anyone have any idea what it may be?

Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 6, 2018 4:26 PM CST
Welcome!

And Welcome! to the west coast. Its a Sago Palm. That round thing in the middle is a developing flower.
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Janett_D
Jun 6, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Sadly that means when the flowering is over, the plant WILL die. If what you have is female plant and no male plant is close by also flowering the seeds will not be viable.
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plantladylin
Jun 6, 2018 5:01 PM CST
I agree, a Sago of some type; I'm not sure which ones grow in California. We have the Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) here in Florida.
Confused I've seen Sago Palms live for many years without dying after blooming.

This one is growing outside my front door:


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Jun 6, 2018 5:07 PM CST

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The plant will NOT die, just the bloom when it's done! It blooms every 3-4 years once mature.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 6, 2018 6:17 PM CST
No, they don't die after blooming. I think you are thinking of some Agaves. Sago Palms are Cycads.
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