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Thatch Palm, Blue Needle Palm

Trithrinax campestris

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trithrinax (try-THRY-naks) (Info)
Species: campestris (kam-PES-triss) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California

Los Angeles, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Ventura, California

Brandon, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Cayce, South Carolina

North, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2012, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Trithrinax campestris - supposedly cold hardy palm... yeah right....I bought a couple of these one as a 1-2 year old and another as 2-3 year old plants, kept in a greenhouse over winter, took a god care of them, but it got exposed to 28F for some nights inside the mostly unheated greenhouse (only heated to raise temps to 28F) and the spear pulled on both plants. One died by May, another did not show any signs of growth even by now (8th of June 2012) and it does not seem too soft or mushy (I treated it with antibacterial as I did to my other palms) but it does not show any signs of growth and ALL of its fronds are gone by now. All other kinds of palms recovered (or died) such as Washingtonias, Date palms etc. etc. but these ones are just too slow to recover or they are just not lively and n... read more


On Jan 30, 2012, jlevert from Augusta, GA wrote:

Growing well, but unbelievably slow growing. I've also seen it growing in Switzerland on Lake Geneva. Full sun and dry conditions are best.


On Oct 10, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Slow grower and viciously sharp, but an attractive plant. Takes many many years (20-30) to form any height. Suckers. Trunk has spines as well as leaf tips. Nice blue-silver-grey leaf color. Drought and extremely wind tolerant. From Uraguay.