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Care of the plant Erythea armata or Mexican blue palm.

Care of the plant Erythea armata or Mexican blue palm

The genus Erythea, family Arecaceae, includes 11 species of palm trees native to the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. Some species are: Erythea armata, Erythea aculeata, Erythea edulis, Erythea dulcis. This genus is currently classified as Brahea.

Common names: Mexican blue palm, Blue hesper palm. This species is native to Baja California, Mexico.

They are large palm trees that reach 12 meters in height. The leaves resemble those of the Chamaerops humilis, fan-shaped, bluish in color and cut into linear segments. The ringed trunk has, in its upper part, a 1.5 meter wide plume with large leaves. The petiole has curved, white spines. The flowers appear in hanging white inflorescences of more than 50 cm in length.

Brahea armata needs a very sunny exposure. It resists frost down to -10ºC. It is an ideal plant for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

They need a soil rich in organic matter and light.

Water frequently, waiting for the substrate surface to dry; adult specimens resist drought very well.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring in a sandy substrate.

Images of the plant Erythea armata or Mexican blue palm

Erythea armata
Erythea armata
Erythea armata
Erythea armata
Erythea armata
Erythea armata
 

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