Parlour Palm

Chamaedorea spp.

Chamaedorea

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Starr 080117-2235 Chamaedorea elegans by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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Starr 080117-2235 Chamaedorea elegans by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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The genus Chamaedorea contains approximately 104 rhizomatous, evergreen palms typically grown for their foliage. Originally from tropical and subtropical areas in the Americas, this genus consists of small palm species with thin stems and large, highly divided foliage, forming many leaflets which fan out attractively. They are an extremely popular houseplant due to their leafy appearance and tolerance of low light levels, having evolved as understory plants in rainforests. Flowers are small and discrete, coloured yellow, borne on long inflorescences and leading onto orange or red drupe fruits.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

This plant is valued for its pinnate leaves, which resemble a fish's tail.

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Arecaceae

Flower colour

Yellow