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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
big blue hesper palm blue fan palm
blue hesper palm grey goddess Mexican blue fan palm short blue hesper
Erythea elegans Brahea elegans
Erythea clara Erythea armata Brahea roezlii
Brahea is a genus of palms, endemic to Mexico and Central America. Also called hesper palms, they all have large, fan-shaped leaves.
B. armata is an erect palm, up to 15m high, with a single trunk covered by fibrous leaf bases, spiny leaf stalks up to 1.5m long, blue-green waxy leaves, 1-2m across, divided into about 50 lobes, and arching panicles 4m long of showy yellow flowers 1.5cm across in summer, followed by rounded yellow-brown fruit, 2cm long
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
In frost-prone areas, grow young specimens in full light as houseplants or under glass at 5-15?C in loam-based potting compost such as John Innes No. 2, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly while in growth, water sparingly in winter, and pot on or top-dress in spring - for more advice, see palm cultivation indoors; in frost-free areas, grow in well-drained soil in full sun; will tolerate poor, dry soil, and though frost-tender will survive short periods at 0?C - for more advice, see palm cultivation outdoors
Sow seed at 23-27?C in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Architectural Sub-tropical Patio & Container Plants
Pruning No pruning required
Pests May be affected by glasshouse red spider mite and scale insects
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