Nolina has thin, arching leaves which sprout from a long or fat woody stem. Its bulbous face looks scaly and resembles the skin of an elephant foot, giving the plant one of its names. Unlike other plants in the Agave family, nolinas have decorative spikes of small white flowers, sometimes tinged with purple or pink.
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The Roebelenii palm, also known as Miniature Date Palm or Pygmy Date Palm, is an attractive slow growing dwarf palm. Roebeleniis have upright or curving trunks that are relatively thin and covered with old leaf bases. They are topped with a dense, full crown of arching glossy green leaves.
Cycas revoluta, is not a palm at all but a cycad. However its palm-like, feathery foliage, and cones, make it very similar to a palm or tree fern. Native to the southern regions of the United States, it’s commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. It’s ideal for growing in a container, which you can move outside in summer, however it is possible to grow it outside in milder regions of the UK, as long as winter protection is provided. Grow Cycas revoluta in free-draining soil or compost in full sun. If growing outside as part of a tropical planting scheme, provide full protection in winter as temperatures below -5° will damage the leaves. Avoid over-watering as this can lead to root rot.
Arecastrum is an excellent fast-growing palm. It has a grayish, relatively smooth trunk. Its leaves are few but strong, 3-4 m long. It blooms on long cobs with small, greenish and orange flowers in summer. They are followed by numerous, oval fruits, with a bright yellow-orange color. It does not tolerate frost and prefers sunny planting sites and moist soils.