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A picture of a Mexican Fan Palm

Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta

Also known as

Mexican fan palm, Thread palm, Palm

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Mexican Fan Palm
A Mexican fan palm - Washingtonia robusta (Cotton Palm) growing in a field of palm trees, showing its ridged trunk and fan-shaped green foliage.

Mexican Fan Palm Overview

Washingtonia robusta is a fast-growing evergreen palm in the Arecaceae family. It develops large fan-shaped leaves at the top of its slender stem. Each leaf is 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 Mexican Fan Palm

How to harvest Mexican Fan Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Mexican Fan Palm


Special features of Mexican 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 Mexican Fan Palm

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