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An interesting and usual addition to the exotic garden. With its dramatic arching foliage and gnarled prehistoric-looking trunks, the only thing that lets this palm down is its marginal hardiness. Arguably only reliably withstanding temperatures down to -5C (23F), this rare Argentinean species is still worth a try in the milder areas of the country. Differing from its better known cousin Butia capitata by its habit of retaining its leaf stems on its trunk, it also requires a more quickly draining soil to mimic the Mediterranean conditions of its natural habitat. To maximise chances of success, choose the biggest size you can afford and plant in a warm sheltered site, preferably near a south facing wall.
Plant type: Evergreen tree
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Blue-green, Grey
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
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