The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea fragrans
Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea graminifolia
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea klotzchiana
Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oreophila
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea pochutlensis x graminifolia
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea stolonifera
Chamaedorea tepejilote

Chamaedorea elegans

Common name: Parlour Palm, Neanthe bella
Native to: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize
Mature height: 12 feet
Mature spread: 4 to 6 fee
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Chamaedorea elegans

photo by: Dennis Valdez
David Sylvia and Eric Christensen Garden
San Jose


This is one of the most popular palms in the world because of its easy maintenance characteristics. This one possesses a legendary ability to put up with low light, drought and general abuse in most environments. Additionally it flowers when still quite young. It has been in use since Victorian times. This palm usually never exceeds 12 feet tall therefore it is recommended for use as a house plant or conservatory specimen. This is also known as a common house plant which is even available at discount garden centers. The plants are slow growing and can be maintained in a pot that can be brought indoors in the winter months. The plant eventually can be permanantly relocated outdoors with overhead protection.

This species in the garden:
Growth rate: fast
Sunlight: shade
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 30 F
Seed or plant availability: common

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