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Brahea armata/Hesper Palm, Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm

Brahea armata / Brahea armata
A grove of the Hesper Palms in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, Italy
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A grove of the Hesper Palms in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, Italy

Long, drooping fruiting bodies with palm seeds

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Scientific Name: Brahea armata
Common Name: Hesper Palm, Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This palm is noted for its distinctive crown of rigid, bluish fan-shaped leaves. The trunk may be slightly swollen. It is noted for its long, drooping floral stalks which can be three feet or more in length. This palm grows naturally in dry canyons and cliffs. This palm can tolerate moderate freezes. The leaf stems are armed with long thorns.