On Nov 2, 2012, Mendopalmfarm from Willits, CA wrote:
These are awesome. I got two big ones with 4 and 5 ' trunks. Super awesome probably hardy to the upper teens. This is not a var. Of B. Armata but a hybrid of it. Everyone should try to get one in their collection. If you can do B. Edulis you can do a Clara try to avoid wetness in the crown during hot weather. They only tolerate wet heads during cold seasons.
On Nov 7, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This palm is basically Brahea armata with droopier, more split leaves with a more prominent costa (midrib) and a bit more color in the petioles. Many have referred to it as a separate species (aka Brahea clara), but in the wild (Mexico) there are a variety of slightly different looking forms of B armata, of which this is just one. However, in cultivation, this does have distinct differences from the normal plant. Some evidence points to this being a faster growing plant than B armata.
Some palm experts think this is a hybrid species between B armata and B aculeata.. who knows?
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mesa, Arizona Tortolita, Arizona Hayward, California Mission Canyon, California (2 reports) Oceanside, California San Diego, California Thousand Oaks, California Willits, California Ocala, Florida North, South Carolina