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Pachypodium lamerei
  • RHS AGM

Madagascar palm

P. lamerei is a succulent shrub or small tree with thick, thorny stems bearing a cluster of narrow leaves near the apex, and terminal clusters of yellow-throated white flowers 10cm across in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Apocynaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Pachypodium are shrubby succulents, mostly with thick, prickly stems, simple leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in terminal clusters

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Madagascar

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in standard cactus compost in full light. From late spring to early autumn, water moderately and apply a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser every 4-5 weeks. Keep dry at other times

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 19-24°C ( 66-75°F), or take stem-tip cuttings, in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning necessary

Pests

Vulnerable to aphids while flowering

Diseases

Relatively disease resistant

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