Mexican Fan Palm, Blue Hesper Palm
A spectacular powder blue, the Mexican Fan Palm is a slow-growing palm that makes for a great architectural addition to a sunny and mild garden with excellent drainage or a hot conservatory.
As Brahea armata matures, a thick trunk develops below its exceptional evergreen canopy.
This species is endemic to Mexico (Baja California, Sonora), where it is locally common in arroyos and canyon bottoms, as well as rock crevices at higher elevations.
The indigenous native Americans of this area are called the Cocopah or the River People, and they have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta for centuries. Traditionally, they eat the seeds of Brahea armata after roasting them.
Care & Size Guidance
Though slow growing, it can be sped up with occasional deep irrigation in the summer months.
Be prepared to provide winter protection in colder gardens, though this species is able to handle temperatures down to -10°C.