Common name: Mediterranean blue palm, Blue dwarf palm
Family: Arecaceae, Palmaceae
Origin: Mediterranean regions
Height at maturity: 2 to 5 meters
Exposure: sunny, light
Plant type: palm
Flower color: –
Soil type: light and draining
Watering: normal without excess
Use: isolated, veranda, pot or tray
Diseases and pests: spider mites, scale insects
Toxicity: not determined
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Dwarf palm, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera presents the same characteristics as the type species Chamaerops humilis to consult here. However, one of the essential differences is to have very distinctly bluish leaves, whereas the type species has slightly larger green leaves than the cerifera variety.
The cerifera variety offers the same hardiness, -12°C, excellent resistance to drought and sea spray. The Mediterranean blue palm is easy to grow.
This beautiful palm was once widespread along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe and especially in North Africa, eastward to Malta. It thrives in a sunny position and on all types of soil, provided drainage is assured. It is also an excellent subject for container culture.