Archontophoenix alexandrae

Alexandra palm, king palm, Northern Bangalow palm, or feather palm

(1 customer review)

The Alexandra Palm is a majestic, solitary trunked palm from the rainforests of Queensland and a familiar sight to travellers throughout the Mediterranean where it is commonly grown as a street tree and in parks.

A beautiful feather leafed palm with glossy green leaflets, silvery grey beneath, and eventually a clean ringed trunk topped by a crownshaft.

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Origin: Australia
Genus: Archontophoenix
Species / Cultivar: alexandrae
Common Name: Alexandra palm, king palm, Northern Bangalow palm, or feather palm
Synonym: Ptychosperma alexandrae

Plant Biography

The Archontophoenix alexandrae is endemic to Queensland, Australia. Though pretty ubiquitous in many tropical and Mediterranean regions where it’s grown outdoors as a street and park tree, in the UK this palm tree is kept as a houseplant.

The Alexandra palm is named after Alexandra of Denmark, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India as wife of King Edward VII. Because of this, one should refer to it as “Alexandra palm”, though you’ll find places where the name is spelled “Alexander palm”.

In its native place, Alexandra palm plays an important role for the indigenous people in Far North Queensland and also for the local fauna.

Archontophoenix alexandrae
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 16 - 32°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Moderate
This plant has specific requirements. Incorrect care can quickly lead to signs of distress.
Eventual Height: 30 mm
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4 - 5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Cold tender
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Archontophoenix alexandrae is a tricky customer to please as a houseplant, needing high light levels, a bouyant, humid atmosphere and space! Far better to grow it in a conservatory or, especially, an atrium where it can be given the headroom it requires.

Though ultimate height may scare some people, when kept as a houseplant, the Alexandra palm will have a slower rate of growth and usually won’t outgrow its space.

Keep the soil damp and water when the surface is dry to touch. Make sure to drain the decorative pot to avoid the palm’s roots to sit in water, as this leads very quickly to root rot. Mist occasionally to provide some extra moisture in the air around the plant.

Use a weak solution of palm tree fertiliser in spring and summer to encourage luscious green growth.

Clean the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust clogging the pores, or even a good shower every other month.

1 customer review for Archontophoenix alexandrae

Palm arrived in good condition but due to no water for days several Fons had died

Peter Hanger (verified owner)