Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
A breathtaking silver-blue form of the classic palm, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera is aesthetically a perfect companion for other hardy arids such as yucca and dasylirion, or along side olives and other Mediterranean classics in a sunny border.
The European Fan Palm is a small, clustering palm with distinctive large leaves which form a very attractive spread out fan shape as they grow.
Chamaerops humilis is the only species in the genus Chamaerops, though the genus is closely related to the Asian genus Trachycarpus, differing in the spined petioles, and its multi-stemmed clustering habit.
This palm is a beautiful specimen plant for any garden. Unpruned it grows into an attractive shrubby form. If pruned, it will grow into a single trunk tree form. This palm works perfectly to add an accent to the corner of the landscape, or in a container for a patio or deck.
Cerifera Variety History
Native to the Morocco, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera grows up to 2000m above sea level on the Atlas Mountains, where it has evolved a waxy coating on the leaves to survive, which also gives it its silver-blue sheen.
Placing C. humilis var. cerifera in a spot with more heat and sunlight will result in the plant developing stronger silver-blue coating.
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera is also known as Chamaerops humilis var. Argentea.
Care & Size Guidance
Chamaerops humilis is tolerant of drought once established, suited to sun or part shade, a cold garden or hot conservatory, exposed gardens or balcony planters – this palm remarkably easy to look after and grow.
Notably, it has better winter hardiness than most other palms, tolerating brief dips to -6 to -9C. If grown in a colder area, it can be kept in a container to bring indoors when necessary, so long as it’s in a bright, sunny spot.
It prefers a bright and sunny location, but will tolerate part shade.