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.
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.
Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
Chamaerops: from the Greek chamai (low) and rhops (shrub)
Humilis: from the Latin humilis (low, small)
Argentea: from the Latin argenteus (silver)
Atlas mountains in Morocco where it grows up to 1,700 m altitude
Arid mountainous areas
USDA zone 8-11, -15 °C
Water well during growth when young, mature plants are drought resistent
Universal liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during growing season
- 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