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Brahea armata (Mexican Blue Palm)

Brahea armata
Mexican Blue Palm, Big Blue Hesper Palm, Blue Fan Palm, Blue Hesper Palm, Gray Goddess, Mexican Blue Fan Palm, Short Blue Hesper, Brahea elegans, Brahea roezlii, Erythea armata, Erythea clara, Erythea elegans

Huge shimmery blue leaves make this palm easy to identify and adore. Its thick trunk provides even more presence. The petioles of the fan-shaped leaves are lined with large wicked spines. Long arching spikes of creamy white flowers decorate the tree in late spring and summer. Mexican Blue Palm is native to Baja California, and is as tough as its native habitat suggests. Plant in full sun, reflected heat, and in well drained soils. It also handles shade for part of the day. Supplemental irrigation will increase the growth rate, but plants will adapt to low water amounts as well.

Plant Type Native, Palm / Cycad
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Slow
Height 20' - 40' (ft)
Spread 12' - 25' (ft)
Spacing 20' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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