Scientific name: Phoenix roebelenii
Plant type: Palm, single or clustering trunks
Environment: Sun to shade, moist, well-drained soil
Bloom: White to yellow flowers with deep red center
Uses: Container or specimen plant
Individuals of Phoenix roebelenii can be seen at both the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. The plants at SFBG are fairly recent additions to the collections of the Gardens of Golden Gate Park. The pygmy date palm at the Conservatory, however, dates back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco. This individual even survived the damaging windstorms in the early 1990s. September 2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Conservatory re-opening to the public following its extensive restoration after those storms. Join us this month at the Conservatory to celebrate its history and see this popular palm species!
Featured Plant Contributors: Text, profile, and photos Victoria Stewart