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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Mexican Dwarf Blue Palm, Sierra Madre Palm

Etymology:

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

Origin:

Mexico, Sierra Madre

Habitat:

Exposed rocky limestone hills

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9-11, -4 °C



Care:

Soil:

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

Exposure:

Prefers full sun

Water:

Moderate water needs

Fertilizer:

Annual with slow release fertilizer

Propagation:

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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