Coccothrinax argentata

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Florida Silver Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Plant Specifics

Size:5-20 ft tall by to 5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,NA
Fruit Color:Red,purple
Phenology:Evergreen. Slow growing.
Noted for:Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Slow-growing hedge or background plant. Notable for the silver-white undersides to its leaves.
Considerations:Slow growing.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Used by birds for nesting and food.


Larval host for monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus).

Bees are attracted to the flowers (Khorsand 2009).

Native Habitats:Pine rockland, rockland hammock, maritime hammock

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:In the West Indies, it is used for making baskets, hats and other crafts.
General Comments:It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.  Should be acquired only from properly licensed sources.