Common Names: Madagascar Palm, Broad-Leaved Cactus, Pachy, Club Foot
Growth: Upwards, old leaves naturally fall off
Light: Full sun
Foot Candles: 250+
Water: Let dry completely
Humidity: Not required
Temperature: 16°C - 40°C
Soil: Well draining cactus mix
Container: Pot with drainage
Nutrients: 7-7-7 Monthly
Propagation: Stem / branch cuttings, seed
Interiorscape Use: Desert themed atrium, desktop
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Very sharp spines on the trunk can be somewhat hidden by foliage. The lower leaves will naturally fall off, creating the look of a typical palm. Over watering will result in root and trunk rot.
Comments: While the common name refers to it being a palm, it is not actually a true palm. It also has sharp spines like a cactus, but is not a true cactus either. It has a succulent trunk and prefers to be cared for as a succulent plant.
Toxicity: Contains a latex sap that is poisonous. It is rarely ingested due to the protection of the spines on the trunk.