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A picture of a California Fan Palm

California Fan Palm

Washingtonia filifera

Also known as

Petticoat Palm, Thread Palm, Desert fan palm, Palm

Washingtonia filifera — Mary's Grove — Florian Boyd 001 by °Florian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of California Fan Palm

A Washingtonia filifera palm tree
A group of Washingtonia filifera palm trees in a grove
Some Washingtonia filifera trees

California Fan Palm Overview

Washingtonia filifera is an evergreen palm in the Arecaceae family. It develops large fan-shaped leaves at the top of its slender stem. Each leaf composed of many leaflets at the end of a spine edged petiole that can be up to 1m long. In late spring and early summer small white flowers are produced in long hanging sprays that can develop into dark brown fruits.

Common problems with California Fan Palm

How to harvest California Fan Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate California Fan Palm


Special features of California Fan Palm

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Indoor plant

If growing under glass, use a loam based compost with added leaf mould and sharp sand.

Other uses of California Fan Palm

This architectural palm can be used to give structure to a range of locations from urban courtyards to a tropical garden. It can also be grown in containers indoors when young.


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