“Hardy Bamboo Palm”
Natural Habitat: Naturally found in the thin forest foot hills of Sierra Madre Oriental in Eastern Mexico.
Description: A naturally clumping palm that can reach total heights of 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The palm begins life as a single seedling, but will eventually turn into a large cluster of palms, even though the palm is often sold as a small number of seedlings in a single pot to speed up the clumps overall size. The ½ inch trunks and dark green with white leaf scares, closely resembling bamboo canes, hence the common name. The crownshaft emerges 5-6 small leaves, with dark green cigar shaped leaflets with silvery green undersides. As the palm matures it will begin to emerge a high number of small seed pods making collecting seeds relatively east.
Environment: A very hardy palm, the microspadix can handle full sun to full shade. It prefers a shady location, but can take full sun just fine. It is also very cold hardy handling temperatures into the mid 20’s with only minimal damage. Light frosts and freezes may brown some leaves but the clump will live on. It enjoys regular watering and does not like to dry out between watering.
The microspadix also grows well in and out doors in large pots. It can live indoors throughout the winter in regions where it gets to cold for this palm to survive outside.