Brahea decumbens

Brahea decumbens

Brahea decumbens or Mexican Dwarf Blue Palm is a rare species and endangered in its habitat.

Growth of Brahea decumbens is quite slow and it remains small but its frost resistance as well as its capacity to adapt to any soil and extreme growing conditions make this a very sought after species.

It is called decumbens because the pseudo-trunk is not erect but rampant. It remains quite small, produces suckers and forms a clump.


Brahea decumbens has a creeping stipe, up to 2 m long, so it does not grow very tall. It produces shoots and forms groups.

The large leaves are striking: blue-gray colored by a layer of wax, fan-shaped and in semicircle, 0.5-1 m in diameter. Young shoots and seedlings have green leaves.

The inflorescence is erect and carries both male and female flowers.


Common names:

Mexican Dwarf Blue Palm, Sierra Madre Palm


Brahea: in honor of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546–1601)
Decumbens: from the Latin decumbere (to lie)


Mexico, Sierra Madre


Exposed rocky limestone hills


USDA Zone 9-11, -4 °C



Well drained, tolerates any kind of soil but prefers a sandy mix


Prefers full sun


Moderate water needs


Annual with slow release fertilizer


Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days in lukewarm water
  • sow in light, sandy mix
  • moisten
  • 25-30 °C
  • germination time: a few weeks to 1 year

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