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Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti

24th September 2011

Palms are terribly fashionable at the moment and they are so distinctive in the garden that I am a little worried that future generations (who are the ones that will appreciate them in maturity) will see them as the flared trousers and platform shoes of our age.
Misgivings notwithstanding, there are many beautiful plants available and some of the Chamaedorea are proving remarkably hardy. C.ernesti-augusti comes from Mexico (and Honduras, Belize and Guatemala) where it grows in wet forest on atlantic slopes. It has shown that it will tolerate an occasional freeze and I was hoping that this one would survive with the protection of the Hedychium House, it can be grown outside in Penzance so there was a chance.
Turns out that it won't.