A picture of a Fern Palm

Fern Palm

Cycas spp.

Also known as

Sago Palm, Fern palm, Sago palm, Cycad, Sago, False sago

Cycas armstrongii 1 by John Tann (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

4m

1m

Min

1m

0

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Fern Palm Overview

This genus is characterised by around 15 slow-growing evergreen, woody-stemmed perennial species. They are favoured for their palm-like appearance and won’t survive below 10ºC. They typically have whorls of pinnate, leathery leaves that are stiff and linear or sickle-shaped. From the centres of the leaf rosettes arise dioecious inflorescences – large cone-like male structures covered in woolly hairs, or loosely arranged modified leaves with ovules at the margins, which represent the female inflorescence. Most species in this genus are listed as threatened. They originate from India and are an evolutionarily old genus, dominant worldwide during the Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods. Many fewer species are present today and these are localised around the equator.

Common problems with Fern Palm

Susceptible to damage from chemical pesticides (use soap or biological controls).

How to propagate Fern Palm

Suckers

Remove and pot up suckers in spring.

Seed

You can propagate in the spring by seeds or suckers taken from mature plants.

Special features of Fern Palm

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Fern Palm

Grown for their palm-like appearance.