Serenoa repens

  • Family name: Arecaceae
  • Host plant for: Palmetto Skipper (Euphyes arpa)
  • General description: Small, thicket-forming evergreen palm with prostrate trunk, large, fan-shaped leaves and elongated, branched clusters of small white flowers. Very easy to cultivate. Tolerates harsh conditions and is maintenance-free once established. Attractive as single specimen or in numbers. Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Type: Small evergreen palm
  • Flower: Elongated, branched clusters of small white flowers
  • Bloom time: Spring to summer
  • Soil type: Well to poorly-drained, acid to neutral soils
  • Maximum height: 8 feet
  • Candidate for home gardens: Easy to grow. Tolerates poor conditions
  • Availability in nursery: Occasional. Common in specialty and native plant nurseries
  • Frenquency in the wild: Common
  • Habitat: coastal uplands, sandhills, pine flatwoods, hardwood forests
  • County: (all counties) Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Drought tolerantDrought Tolerant

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