Chamaerops humilis var. Argentea

Chamaerops humilis var. Argentea

Chamaerops humilis var. argentea or Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm is a variety of Chamaerops humilis with striking, fan-like silver leaves.

It grows slower than Chamaerops humilis but is equally hardy.

Description:

This palm does not become very tall: 2 to 5 m. It produces numerous suckers and forms a thick clump.

The fibrous pseudostem bears the marks of the base of dead leaves.

Very cold and drought resistant. Resists coastal climate but will grow better elsewhere.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

Synonym:

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

Etymology:

Chamaerops: from the Greek chamai (low) and rhops (shrub)
Humilis: from the Latin humilis (low, small)
Argentea: from the Latin argenteus (silver)

Origin:

Atlas mountains in Morocco where it grows up to 1,700 m altitude

Habitat:

Arid mountainous areas



Hardiness:

USDA zone 8-11, -15 °C

Care:

Soil:

Well drained

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Water well during growth when young, mature plants are drought resistent

Feed:

Universal liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during growing season

Propagation:

Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • sow the seeds 2 days in tepid water, change the water once or twice a day
  • sow in light soil
  • sow several seeds in 1 pot to gain place
  • keep at 20-25 °C
  • germination: a few weeks to 3 months

Image sources

  • Chamaerops humilis var. Argentea: MPF

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