Mexican Blue Palm

Brahea armata

Brahea armata, commonly referred to as the Mexican Blue Palm or Blue Hesper Palm, is a striking palm tree native to Baja California in Mexico. It’s recognized for its silvery-blue, fan-shaped leaves and stout trunk covered in persistent leaf bases.

Thriving in arid climates, this slow-growing palm adds a dramatic, sculptural element to landscapes and is valued for its ornamental appeal in desert gardens and xeriscapes.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near Native
Origin: Baja California and Sonora, Mexico
Family: Arecaceae
Size: Up to 30′
Sun: Full
Watering: Infrequent but apply more during summer
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Soil: Needs good drainage and may need supplemental magnesium fertilizer in alkaline soils, do not mulch
Temperature: Cold hardy to 15F
Pruning: Only to remove dead fronds
Disease and Pests: Prone to crown rot
Uses: Provides habitat for birds and insects away from predators


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