Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

Spindle Palm

(5 customer reviews)


A handsome palm with an upright crown of mid-green leaves supported on a yellow rachis (leaf stem).

Indoors, it grows best with some direct sunshine, particularly in the winter months.

Its slow growth and elegant habit of growth make it a stunning specimen palm that can be enjoyed for years.


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Origin: Mauritius
Genus: Hyophorbe
Species / Cultivar: verschaffeltii
Common Name: Spindle Palm
Synonym: Mascarena verschaffeltii, Areca verschaffeltii

Plant Biography

The Spindle Palm is closely related to the Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis but, as the name suggests, has a trunk swollen to a spindle – rather than bottle – shape. It is larger growing and holds its crown of pinnate leaves in a flatter, less recurved fashion.

Like its cousin, Hyophorbe verschaffetii is all but extinct in the wild, although widely cultivated throughout Mauritius and the Mascarene islands.

Here in the UK it is best grown in a warm conservatory, greenhouse or room indoors in a bright position.

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 4-6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Although this palm can get eventually get quite large, it is slow growing in pots so makes an ideal indoor plant. In summer, it can be kept outside in a sheltered garden or patio in part shade.

Allow the top 5-10cm of soil to dry out between watering.

Responds well to regular feeding with a palm fertiliser from April to September.

Repot every 2-3 years, when the roots are showing at the bottom of the pot. It’s preferable to use tall pots, rather then wide ones. This is because the young plants send their roots down rather than spread near the surface.

Did you know?

Although it is listed as critically endangered in its native range, it is a popular ornamental plant worldwide.

5 customer reviews for Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

Great plant in excellent condition and with quick delivery. A great addition to the conservatory!

Steve Traviss (verified owner)

Absolutely stunning plant, it arrived in immaculate condition and was packed perfectly. Best I’ve seen for sale in the Uk.

Wayne Bradley (verified owner)

I have just received this and it is my favourite palm for indoors. I have only seen them at The Palm Centre and the quality of the plant is superb. It is so elegant and compact for the home.

Colin in Cheshire

Ive been looking for a long time to source one Hyophorbe. Got lucky with The Palm Centre. Great specimen was delivered a few days later. Great communication with Customer Services and excellent service from courier. Well definitely be back for more.

Krzystof M