Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Chamaerops humilis var. argentea
Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
Item #: 4280
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 180" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
(aka: Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera) Chamaerops humilis var. argentea is a variety of the deer-resistant European fan palm that hails from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco where it grows up to 5,400' elevation. As this variety matures, instead of green foliage like the species, this fan palm has powder-blue foliage with silver undersides similar to Brahea armata. Our clumps of silver European fan palm, planted in 2004, are now 3' tall x 6' wide and survived our cold 2013/2014 winter, losing only the old foliage.
Silver European fan palm is effectively a no-maintenance palm. Unless an extremely cold winter burns back the foliage, there is really nothing else to do to keep it happy and healthy.
Silver European fan palm prefers a hot, sunny site with good drainage. It is not a plant that fares well in shade or wet sites, so these must be avoided.
The evergreen silver foliage of Chamaerops humilis var. argentea is a superb specimen plant, as well as serving as a foil for other colored foliage in the garden. It provides a tropical feel in a warm temperate garden.
Leaf Color: Blue , Silver/Grey
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Night Gardens
Other: Edimentals , Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Pollinator Plants , Medicinal Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants , Tropical Looking Plants , Xeriscaping Plants , Colored Foliage