Virgin Palm

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Virgin Palm

Dioon edule
Palma de la Virgen, Mexican Cycad, Chamal, Mexican Blue Chamal, Coontie
2

6 feet
4

12 feet
Central, Eastern and Northern Mexico, to Nuevo Leon
  • Full Shade
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen

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.

Maintenance

Plan on supplemental water to establish; drought hardy thereafter. Always limit pruning of the fronds.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Palm
Size:
2-6' H, 4-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Well drained
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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