The Feather Leaved Palms





Many of these are of more recent introduction than the old favorite fan

palms, but they have won their way to a growing and deserved popularity.



Phoenix Roebelenii is one of the newest. It is destined, I venture

to say, to become the most popular of all palms for the house. It has

frequently been described as having "the beauty of Weddelliana and the

hardiness of Kentia." That perhaps describes it, but does not do it

full justice. It has several times the amount of foliage that Cocos

Weddelliana has, and is a more robust grower. It has, unlike that

palm, leaf stalks growing all the way to the bottom, the lower ones

gracefully recurved and the upper ones spreading airily. It is very

easily cared for, and on the whole wins on a larger number of counts

than any other house palm.



Phoenix Rupicola has gracefully arching, drooping foliage and is very

handsome, the dark green leaves being even more feather-like than those

of Cocus Weddelliana. It is also one of the hardiest.



Areca Verschaffeltii is unique in having a creamy colored mid-rib. It

must be given the best of care, but will well repay any extra pains

taken with it.



The Kentias, K. Belmoreana, the Thatch-leaf palm, and K.

Forsteriana, the Curly palm, are the hardiest of all the house palms

and sure to give satisfaction. The former is of dwarf, sturdy habit,

with broadly divided, dark green leaves borne up well on stiff stems.

K. Forsteriana is of stronger growth, spreads more, and the divisions

of the leaf are broader.



Cocos Weddelliana is the most artistically graceful of the house

palms. The finely cut, feathery leaves spring well up from the pot and

from the slender erect stem. It is a small palm, and grows slowly. I

think I should give it a place among the three choicest palms for the

house, although, unfortunately, it is not as hardy as some of the

others. It is the best palm to use as a center for fern dishes.



Seaforthia elegans, the Australian Feather palm, is a tall growing

and stately variety, which does well in the house.



Caryota urens is commonly known as the Fishtail palm, and on account

of that distinguishing characteristic deserves a place in any good

collection. It is a large growing sort and will utilize more root room

than most of the others. It is not so strong as most of the others

described, but will succeed well if precautions are taken not to let it

get chilled in cold weather.





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