An exceptionally elegant feather-leafed palm that forms slender, reedy trunks, the Parlour Palm is a staple classic that deserves a place in every household.
Native to the rainforest understory in southern Mexico and Guatemala, Chamaedorea elegans has been popular as a house plant since its arrival in the 1800s. It has proved to possess a timeless appeal, having become one of the most popular houseplants in the world, and for good reason.
This iconic palm has been grown as a houseplant since Victorian times, gracing ‘parlours’ throughout the land, hence its common name the ‘Parlour Palm’.
The Victorians used their parlours to receive and impress guests, decorating them with their most lavish and luxurious possessions. Certainly impressive, C. elegans’ lush, deep green foliage and dense organic form have remained chic all this time, making it a perfect choice for just about any space.
Care & Size Guidance
Unlike some palms suited for keeping indoors, Parlour Palms wont quickly take over the space they’re placed in due to their slow growing nature. What’s more, whilst they can grow up to a mighty 8 foot tall outdoors in their natural environment, their ultimate height grown indoors in the UK is a more manageable 4 foot.
Whilst they thrive best in bright indirect light, one of the appealing factors of a Chamaedorea elegans is how well it can still survive in shade and dry air, making it a brilliant gift for novice plant owners.
In milder locations C. elegans can potentially even be kept outdoors, surviving down to -6C or lower under evergreen canopy when given sufficient wrapping to protect the leaves.