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Dwarf palmetto, Bluestem palm
Sabal minor

Copyright by: Lilly Anderson-Messec via her Instagram account @lilliumbyrd.

General Landscape Uses: Understory palm without a trunk.

Availability: Available in Lake Worth at  Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).

Description: Shrubby palm without a trunk.

Dimensions: Typically 3-9 feet in height; about a broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Very slow.

Range: Southeastern United States south to St. Lucie, Glades and Charlotte counties.

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Habitats: Moist to seasonally wet hammocks and forests.

Soils: Moist to seasonally wet.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring to fall; peak in summer.

Fruit: Dry, smooth, dull round nearly brown to black berry. Seeds solitary.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides moderate amounts of food and cover for wildlife. Nectar plant for butterflies. Attracts bee pollinators.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed from which the coating has been removed.

References: FNPS 2023, Nelson 2003, Schaefer & Tanner 1997.

Copyright by: Lilly Anderson-Messec via her Instagram account @lilliumbyrd.

Copyright by: Lilly Anderson-Messec via her Instagram account @lilliumbyrd.

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