This genus consists of about 30 or more species, the majority of which are native to the Caribbean and Florida dunes. They are domestically used mainly as houseplants. Rarely found in clumps, these plants are single trunked and with grey-green fronds and white flowers. If grown outdoors, do so in alkaline soils.
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Size: Height: 4 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 4 ft. to 10 ft.
Plant Category: palms and cycads,
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance,
Foliage Characteristics: coarse leaves, evergreen,
Flower Characteristics: unusual,
Flower Color: creams,
Tolerances: deer, drought, heat & humidity, pollution, rabbits, slope, wind,
Bloomtime Range: Late Spring to Mid Winter
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: 12 to 12
Light Range: Dappled to Full Sun
pH Range: 6.5 to 8.5
Soil Range: Sand to Loam
Water Range: Semi-Arid to Normal
LightConditions : Dappled Light
Dappled Light refers to a dappled pattern of light created on the ground, as cast by light passing through high tree branches. This is the middle ground, not considered shady, but not sunny either. Dappled remains constant throughout the day.
Conditions : Full Sun
Full Sun is defined as exposure to more than 6 hours of continuous, direct sun per day.
WateringConditions : Semi-Arid
Semi-Arid is defined as very little water/rainfall occurring only during certain times of the season.
Conditions : Normal Watering for Houseplants
Houseplants that require normal watering should be watered so that soil is completely saturated and excess water runs out the bottom of the pot. Never water just a little bit; this allows mineral salts to build up in the soil. The key to normal watering is to allow the top inch or two of potting soil to dry out between waterings. Check frequently as certain times of the year may dictate that you water more frequently. Also, some plants that require normal watering during the growing season, may require less during the winter months when they are dormant.
Conditions : Moist and Well Drained
Moist and well drained means exactly what it sounds like. Soil is moist without being soggy because the texture of the soil allows excess moisture to drain away. Most plants like about 1 inch of water per week. Amending your soil with compost will help improve texture and water holding or draining capacity. A 3 inch layer of mulch will help to maintain soil moisture and studies have shown that mulched plants grow faster than non-mulched plants.