About twelve species of Rhapis
are native to Asia. All are relatively small,
clustering palms with fan-shaped leaves. The lady palm spreads slowly by
rhizomes, developing into a dense bamboo-like clump. It grows best in a shady
site. Because of its shade tolerance, it is used as a house plant.
See this plant in the Founders Plaza on the north side of building 2.
A large, shrubby clump of unbranched stems to about eight to ten feet tall.
Light: part shade to shade
Water: drought tolerant when established, responds well to irrigation
Soil: adaptable, no special requirements
Lady palm is near its northern limit in northeast Florida. Various sources
report its cold hardiness at the low to mid-20’s F. This reflects stem cold
hardiness. The underground stems can survive and resprout after temperatures in
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