Add a tropical touch to your garden, patio or conservatory with this incredible pink palm.
If you love exotic-looking plants, you'll love this vibrantly-coloured variety of Cabbage Palm. The shocking pink edges to the long, arching deep-purple leaves make this a plant to remember. It makes a fountain of stripy leaves and works really well as a focal point in beds and borders or as a striking pot plant. Its hot colours and tropical appearance make it a winner through the summer months - even in partial shade where it is perfectly happy. Cabbage Palms are hardy in milder parts of Great Britain and can grow into small trees. Scented flowers are produced on mature specimens.
With leaves as vibrant as many flowers, this plant brings long-lasting colour and drama to your garden.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H3 Half hardy. Minimum temperature -5 to 1. May survive outside all year round in milder areas.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 2m x W 2m (Mature age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Purple, Grey, Pink
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Containers, Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - August
Cabbage Palms prefer to grow in full sun, well drained soil and in a position that's sheltered from cold winter winds. In milder parts of the country they can grow into small trees but in colder regions, it's best to grow your Cabbage Palm in a large container so that it can be moved for protection from low temperatures during the winter months. Move to cool greenhouse, unheated conservatory or garage during very cold weather and wrap the container with bubble wrap to help prevent the roots from freezing.
Use a loam based compost when planting in pots. John Innes No 3 is a good choice with some slow release fertiliser added on planting. Growing such a striking specimen as this in a pot also gives the added advantage that it can be moved around the garden during the year, adding a focal point and drawing the eye to different areas as they look their best. Or grow it in a big pot and use seasonal bedding round the base of the plant.
Cabbage Palms are very drought tolerant when established so will need little watering. Plants in the ground can be mulched each spring with garden compost or ornamental bark to top up the soil around the base. When growing in the ground, wrap the trunk and leaves in horticultural fleece during severe weather - if the plant does get damaged by the cold and the leaves die back, be patient and wait till midsummer as they can often re-sprout from the trunk or the base.
Apply a general-purpose fertiliser in mid-late spring to encourage lots of colourful growth.