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Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa

Also known as

Bamboo palm, Ground rattan, Lady palm, Fern rhapis, Miniature fan palm

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

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Rhipsalis excelsa
Rhipsalis excelsa

Lady 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.

Common problems with Lady Palm

Generally disease free.

How to harvest Lady Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Lady Palm

Seed

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.

Rhizomes

Offshoots can be separated and planted up.

Division

Seed, suckers or division in spring.

Suckers

Special features of Lady 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 Lady Palm

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.

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