Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Needle Palm (Hedgehog Palm, Blue Palmetto, Porcupine Palm)

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Fast. Suckers produced freely creating ever widening clump
Mature Height - 6'
Mature Width - Indeterminate
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Tiny yellow to purplish-brown, obscured by foliage and fiber
Fruit - Red to brown and roughly spherical
Leaf - 4' long, dark green on top, dull silvery white on underside
Fall 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 gardens
Season 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 8-10
Native Habitat - Southeastern USA
Diseases and Insects -
Strength -
Weakness -

Plants of this taxon:
Bed 23

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.