Palma de la Virgen, Mexican Cycad, Chamal, Mexican Blue Chamal, Coontie
Central, Eastern and Northern Mexico, to Nuevo Leon
- Full Shade
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
About This Plant
Partial shade. Evergreen, with stiff cycad fronds which grow quite large, mostly without a palm-like trunk. Very frost hardy; in recent winters, dioon outperformed sago palm, with no leaf damage at 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Like sago, dioon is not a true palm but a cycad, an ancient plant. It tolerates limestone soils and tough conditions, but requires moisture to establish; drought-hardy thereafter. All parts are poisonous if ingested. Sharp edges require careful handling.
Plan on supplemental water to establish; drought hardy thereafter. Always limit pruning of the fronds.
2-6' H, 4-12' W
Full Shade, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Well drained