Parlour palm

Chamaedorea elegans | Also known as: Dwarf mountain palm | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

As its common name suggests, chamaedorea elegans is a small species of palm that has become a popular indoor plant. An evergreen, the parlour palm is a tender plant and can struggle to survive the wet and frosty conditions, so potting it and maintaining it indoors makes sense. A multi-stemmed palm, its mid-green foliage is comprised of tall, slender stems with pinnate leaves, with as many as a dozen pairs of lance-shaped leaflets. It flowers in spring with insignificant yellow blossoms, which give way to tiny black fruit in autumn. Growing indoors, the parlour palm does best in loam-free compost in bright but filtered sunlight. No pruning is required, water sparingly in winter.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2 - 3
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Tufted
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years