Trithrinax campestris

Trithrinax campestris

Caranday palm

  • Botanical name: Trithrinax campestris
  • Common name: Caranday palm
  • Family: Arecaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree
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The caranday or blue needle palm, Trithrinax campestris, is a fabulously architectural palm native to Argentina and Uruguay. As a mountain palm, it’s tolerant of extremes of temperature, including droughts and frosts. Planted in a sunny position, Trithrinax campestris is a great addition to a gravel, exotic or coastal planting scheme. Better still, it’s low maintenance, requiring very little in the way of pruning.


Trithrinax campestris has glaucous, blue-green foliage and is slow growing, gradually forming a stout trunk.


For best results, situate Trithrinax campestris in full sun and well-drained soil. Protect it from hard frosts, especially when young.

How to grow Trithrinax campestris

  • Plant size

    4m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in September

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Do not Plant in December

Trithrinax campestris and wildlife

Trithrinax campestris has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Trithrinax campestris poisonous?

Trithrinax campestris has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Trithrinax campestris

Anemanthele lessoniana

Anemanthele lessoniana

New zealand wind grass
Yucca rigida

Yucca rigida

Mexican blue yucca