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Wispy Fan Palm

Livistona inermis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Livistona (liv-iss-TOH-nuh) (Info)
Species: inermis (IN-er-mis) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Grown for foliage


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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 30, 2009, tropicbreeze from noonamah,
Australia wrote:

Livistona inermis comes from a hot monsoonal climate and needs a wet/dry season, or replication of that, to grow well. It grows in sandy/rocky ground which is very well drained and gets no rain during the dry season (winter).

The previous comment about "crown is pretty wimpy in its native Australia, but in a humid climate such as Miami, it has a more full head of leaves" is quite wrong. It was based on one photo of a plant that had been burned in a forest fire and that photo was of a different species as well. The incorrect photo was removed from this plant record but the incorrect comment has unfortunately been left.


On Oct 8, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very attractive and 'unique' Livistona. It is incredibly delicate and has super-fine leaflets. The crown is pretty wimpy. It is a very slow palm, and extremely fastidious. Only a few talented Southern Californians can keep this touchy palm alive, and most of those live in the desert areas. Surprising as these areas in California have extremely low humidity and little rain, yet that is the only areas in the western US that seem to be able to suport this species. Even those with climate controlled greenhouses have a tough time with this one. Not seen one in Hawaii, either. Florida folk have a far easier time with this species, but still it is a challenge.

As a seedling it is nearly completely pink and striking. With age it becomes more of an oddity. I have... read more