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Chamaedorea Elegans “Parlour Palm”

Latin name

Chamaedorea elegans


(“kam-ay-door-REE-ah ell-eg-ANZ”)

Common name

Chamaedorea elegans


Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala

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The Parlour Palm, also known as Chamaedorea elegans, is a popular pet-friendly houseplant that can tolerate modest light conditions in your home. Chamaedorea palms are slow-growing, small palms with typical feather-shaped fronds. Chamaedorea elegans has gently arching, yellowish leaf stalks that grow 45 to 60 centimetres long. These bear almost paired leaflets which are deep green, slender and up to 20 cm long and 2 cm wide. Sometimes, these palms may bear insignificant clusters of yellow flowers followed by tiny black fruits.

Chamaedoreas are natives of Mexico and the rain forests of Central America. The name is derived from two Greek words; “chamae”, meaning “on the ground” and “dorea”, a gift, referring to the accessibility of the fruits to small animals.

Chamaedorea elegans was widely grown in the 19th Century and graced many a Victorian “parlour”, before the increasing availability of other, more “exotic” palms led to a decline in its popularity. It is, however, ideal for modern homes because of its compact size and tolerance of modest light conditions. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Medium-low – medium. Keep out of direct sunlight.


The soil should be kept moist, but not wet. In cooler conditions, allow the soil to dry out a little between watering.


Palms should not be pruned, and if the growing point is damaged, the results are fatal for the plant. Dead or dying fronds can be removed by cutting them off with a sharp knife or secateurs close to where they attach to the stem.


Add dilute fertilizer to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Two-spotted spider mites can be a problem in dry atmospheres. At the first sign of any webbing, thoroughly clean the plant. Regular misting with tepid water will help deter spider mites. Mealybugs are an occasional problem, and they sometimes from clusters at the base of the leaf stems as well as on the leaves. They can be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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