Sentry Palm

Howea spp.

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Howea belmoreana by Lijealso (CC BY 3.0)
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Howea belmoreana by Lijealso (CC BY 3.0)
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A small genus containing 2 species of evergreen palms in the Arecaceae family, endemic to Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia. They have long-stalked pinnately-divided leaves and drooping clusters of star-shaped flowers. They are cultivated as ornamental specimens in subtropical and warm temperate regions, and as houseplants in cooler climates. The more common species is H. forsteriana, is best grown in a container, and is commonly called the Kentia or Thatch Leaf Palm.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Australia (Lord Howe Island)

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Compost, Loam, Bark

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Arecaceae

Flower colour

Green