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Rhapis excelsa

Description

Lady Palm is an evergreen fan palm that resembles a cycad.  As an indoor plant, it needs indirect light, withstands deep shade and has low humidity requirements.  It needs well-drained potting soil and regular watering except in the winter when watering can be reduced. It is a good specimen to use near doors because of cool air tolerance in winter. Use a balanced slow-release fertilizer during the growing season.

Quick ID

  • Leaves palmately divided; usually 5-7 segments
  • Apices truncate, look shredded
  • Leaf segments are several-fold

Lady Palms are relatively disease resistant, but mild leaf spot diseases can sometimes be seen on them. These palms are susceptible to several insect pests, such as mites, mealybugs, and scales, especially under interiorscape conditions.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#drought tolerant#heavy shade#container plant#interiorscape#palm#winter interest#cycad#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#drought tolerant#heavy shade#container plant#interiorscape#palm#winter interest#cycad#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhapis
    Species:
    excelsa
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Vietnam
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    White
    Fruit Description:
    The ripe fruit is fleshy and white
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Panicles of yellow small bowl-shaped flowers in spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmasect
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are palmately dissected, 3-10 segments; segments several-fold, apices truncate and toothed; petiole at least as long as blade.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are clumped, slender, reed-like; basal portion covered in coarse fibers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heavy Shade