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Petticoat PalmWashingtonia filifera
|Suitable for Bonsai
The Petticoat Palm is a species of Palm Tree native to the South Western USA and the Baja Peninsular. It is a desert palm that grows well in temperate climates like the UK. It can live for 250 years or more.
It reaches a height of 18 metres (60 feet) and should probably be grown out of doors. The trunk is grey and tan in colour.
The palm fronds are 3.5–4 metres (11–13 feet) long and are green with yellow edges. When they die they drop down to form a petticoat-like skirt around the trunk, hence the name.
The flowers grow on stalks that droop downwards from the crown. They are white and yellow.
The small, date like fruits are reddish-black and are edible; each one produces a single seed.
The Petticoat Palm is grown as an ornamental plant and makes a good choice for a British garden. If you feel adventurous, you can even try cooking with its fruit!
- This is a plant with a lot of uses. As well as eating the fruit, the Cahuilla tribe used the leaves for thatching, basket weaving and sandals while they made eating utensils out of the stems
- The fruit this plant produces are edible. However, care should be taken, and we do not recommend it.