The Palm Centre

Brahea Armata


A slow growing palm, although quicker given summer irrigation, the Mexican Blue Palm eventually forms a fat 45cm thick trunk topped by stiff, powder blue fan leaves, the central point of which points downward. Brahea armata is a wonderfully bright accent plant for the arid garden making a perfect companion for hardy succulent plants such as yucca, dasylirion and nolina. It also makes a wonderful palm for a hot conservatory as it is able to tolerate a position in full sun with dry air.

  • Origin: Northwestern Mexico
  • Genus: Brahea
  • Species: armata
  • Synonym: Erythea armata
  • Common Name: Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm
  • Situation: Full sun, dry, well-drained soil
  • Eventual height in the UK: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m
  • Hardiness: to -8C or lower if dry
  • Skill level: Intermediate

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