Needle Palm (Hedgehog Palm, Blue Palmetto, Porcupine Palm)
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - ShrubGrowth Rate - Fast. Suckers produced freely creating ever widening clumpMature Height - 6'Mature Width - IndeterminateLongevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Tiny yellow to purplish-brown, obscured by foliage and fiberFruit - Red to brown and roughly sphericalLeaf - 4' long, dark green on top, dull silvery white on undersideFall Color - Bark - Other Features - Able to "swallow" (auto-mulch) fallen leaves. The state of Florida lists as endangered because it is "commercially exploited". Never transplant it from the wild as this is illegal.Possible Use - Security hedge, excellent specimen for patio, near entryways, in shade gardensSeason Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - By seed or division of clumps. Seeds germinate in 6-12 months. Won't successfully grow where ground often freezes, but can be grown in colder than Zone 8-10 Prefers moist well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Zone 8-10Native Habitat - Southeastern USADiseases and Insects - Strength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Palm.- Other plants of the family Arecaceae.- Other plants of the genus Rhapidophyllum.- Other plants of the species Rhapidophyllum hystrix.