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Bamboo Palm

Rhapis excelsa

Also known as

Lady Palm, Slender Lady Palm, Miniature Fan Palm, Japanese Peace Palm, Ground Rattan Cane, Fern Rhapis, Broadleaf Lady Palm, Ground rattan, Lady palm, Miniature fan palm

Starr 080418-4217 Rhapis excelsa by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

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Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Rhipsalis excelsa
Rhipsalis excelsa

Bamboo Palm Overview

Rhapis excelsa is a small evergreen palm that produces bamboo-like upright stems which produce dark green, fan-shaped leaves. It has a bushy habit, but its low humidity and low light requirements make it a popular choice for indoor growing. It is frost-tender, so keep this plant somewhere protected from freezing temperatures and only water when the top layer of soil has dried out for best results. The canes appear with brown fibres which fall away as the stems mature. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Bamboo Palm

Generally disease free.

How to harvest Bamboo Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Bamboo Palm


The flowers can be cut at the stalks and put into dry paper bags to help them dry out over a couple of weeks. When the flower heads are completely dry, shake the bag to release the seeds from the heads and remove the dead flowers.


Offshoots can be separated and planted up.


Seed, suckers or division in spring.


Special features of Bamboo Palm

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

These plants will grow in large containers on patios or in the home as houseplants, giving architectural interest.

Other uses of Bamboo Palm

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.

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