Trithrinax campestris

Trithrinax campestris

Trithrinax campestris or Blue Needle Palm is originally from Uruguay and Argentina where it grows in the savanna and the mountains. Very resistant to cold winters, hot summers, prolonged inundations as well a drought.

The leaves are among the hardest in palm trees. They stay on the palm for several seasons after dying, covering the trunk and making this species very recognizable.

Not widely spread due to its very slow growth but its resistance to diverse growing conditions and climates make it an interesting palm to add to your collection.

Synonym:

Copernicia campestris

Common name:

Blue Needle palm, Campestre palm, Caranday palm, Thatch palm

Usage:

Fibres are used for weaving.
Fruit is used to produce a palm wine.

Origin:

Uruguay, Argentina
In savannah and mountains, very rocky or sandy soil

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -12 °C

Soil:

Very well drained

Height:

6 m



Flowering:

Hermaphrodite: a single specimen produces viable seed.
Flowering very short and not very ramified.

Propagation:

Seed

Exposure:

Sun

Germination:

6 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak for 1 day
  • sow in light mix
  • 30 °C

Care:

  • very well drained soil

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