Brahea armata

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Erythea armata. Blue hesper palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Brahea armata S. Watson
Erythea armata. Blue hesper palm.
Northwest Mexico (Baja California, Sonora).
Common

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Palmate
Less than 15 m.
Yes
Less than 6 m.
No
Over 50 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

- 10ºC
All types
Slow
Light
Pleno sol
Not recommendable
High
Yes
High
Low difficulty
Medium

To be found in desert and mountainous areas, in gorges and on rocky slopes.

It has been planted in gardens in southeastern Europe for many years especially along the French Riviera where large specimens of over 50 years old can be seen.

It has a very robust trunk but its crown is quite med in comparison. Its flowers are truly fantastic, all the more so as they stand out against the bluish grey of its leaves. it possibly being the most striking of all palms which can be grown in Mediterranean and temperate climates.

Its petioles are spiny.

It needs sun, and like all Braheas, is very resistant to drought and poor soil. It dislikes extremely damp soil and humidity alike.