Butia capitata or Jelly Palm is the most hardy among the feather palms: -15 °C if the soil is dry.
The leaves are quite long: up to 3 m. Growth is quite slow and the maximum height is about 6 m.
Original from the low altitude savannah in Brazil and Uruguay where it grows in very sandy and dry soil.
The small yellow fruits are eaten fresh, in jelly or macerated to produce palm wine. They taste more or less like mangos.
Brazil and Uruguay
Zone 7, -15 °C
Soil should contain mainly sand
Sun, does not like shade or semi-shade, might wither
- soak in tepid water for 2 days
- sow in light, humid medium
- keep at 35 to 40 °C
- germination time: 4-8 months
- repot when seedlings are big enough to be handled
- south, no shade
- very little water
- fertilise during growing season
- Butia capitata: William Avery