A slow-growing, miniature fan palm with shiny, dark green leaves. The unbranched, rigid, bamboo-like stems are covered with a coarse, brown fibre. Rhapis grows wild in Southern China and Japan and is named after the Greek word for needle, referring to its thin leaves and fine, elegant form. The latter also gave rise to its common name “Lady palm” or “Kannonchiku” in Japan, where it has been in cultivation as a pot plant for hundreds of years. During that time gardeners produced several variegated leaf forms, although only one, the aptly named “Variegata” is now grown.
Rhapis reached Europe in 1774, but in spite of their love of palms, it was little grown by the Victorians. It is only recently that it has become available in quantity as an extremely elegant addition to the range of indoor palms.
- 150 - 500+ ft. Candles
- Low - medium
- Warm min temp 65°F
- Avoid cold and overwatering