Dwarf Palm Chamaerops humilis

Name: Chamaerops humilis
Family: Arecaceae
Country of origin: Mediterranean basin
Diameter of the vase: 14 cm
Height from pot base: 50 cm
History and curiosities: Also known as "S. Pietro Palm" or Lewistonia, its leaves are born in a single surface and then fracture with growth.

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Palma dwarf, the plant to which Goethe dedicated an essay

The dwarf palm plant is a shrub whose Latin name of Chamaerops Humilis actually derives from the Greek chamái, "to earth" and rhops, "bush". Literally it means "palm thrown to the ground" because it is a species with the appearance of a real palm, but with limited growth. Precisely because of its nature in nature in fact reaches maximum heights around 2 meters, much lower than that of the classic palm trees that we are used to seeing on the sides of the streets of many cities in the Mediterranean basin. If grown in the apartment, its height is further limited.
In Italy it is also called "Palma di San Pietro" and it has also other names as Lewistonia. It seems that its origin goes back to the Cretaceous period and its presence is very important in nature, as with its roots it contrasts the erosion of the rocks. In the botanical garden of Padua there is a Chamaerops Humilis planted in 1585, known as "Palma di Goethe": the writer, during his trip to Italy, remained enchanted and dedicated an essay to him.
It comes in fact with different stems (which only occur in the adult plant brown with fibrous / scaly residues) at the end of which stand out shiny, very pointed leaves and a bright green. Another curiosity about this houseplant is that the leaves are born in a single surface and then fracture with growth.
The care to be given to this plant of Lewistonia is not difficult: it loves bright places and resists well even at high temperatures, so much so that in southern Italy it is often found in coastal areas. Grows well in a substrate composed of universal soil mixed with sand and clay and slightly acidic. It should be watered regularly (every 3-4 days), without ever exaggerating with water and only if the soil is dry. It should be fertilized once a month from spring to autumn, preferably with fertilizer for green plants.

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Diametro14 cm
H202/4 every other day
Luce2/4 bright indoor
CuriositàAlso called "S. Pietro Palm", its leaves are born in a single surface and then fracture with growth.
Altezza50 cm
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