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PlantFiles: Florida Thatch Palm
Thrinax radiata

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thrinax (THRY-naks) (Info)
Species: radiata (rad-ee-AY-tuh) (Info)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral jayfro6 On Aug 25, 2008, jayfro6 from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Although this species is hardy to 29 degrees (I left mine outside in 29 and they are still alive), I think they really do depend on the long tropical growing season and I wouldn't recommend these for someone who plans to keep one in the garage over the winter. Even after repotting my seedlings into 5 gal pots, they just don't grow here in north FL. I guess you can grow them next to sabal palms so you can pretend the sabals are growing fast!

Positive TropiSocal_dave On Aug 13, 2008, TropiSocal_dave from Garden Grove, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

My triple T. radiata palms were planted just before a severe freeze (Jan. 07) and survived without any problem. They have been growing steadily and look healthy in the sunny, south facing location.

Positive ivytucker On Dec 16, 2007, ivytucker from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

While vacationing on Floridas southeast coast I was impressed to see T. radiata used much more in landscape design. Here in southwest Florida it is becoming more popular and in my opinion it is the epitome of grace in any landscape where it is given room to spread its crown. Although touted as being very slow growing (even in Florida), I have found that proper watering and a good fertilization program will make a large specimen in just three to five years. Although it will take considerably longer to get significant trunk height. It is not as happy with poor or impoverished soils as the experts lead us to believe. This palm takes an open exposure and wind well. It is at its best with full sun or at least under very open canopy shade. It makes a first rate container specimen when young. Lots of heat? No problem.

Positive palmbob On Jun 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Young palms of this species are very attractive, but should really only be grown in humid environments- this palm struggles even in the zone 10a in southern California but does great even in marginal areas of Florida which are colder, but a lot more humid. I have tried with this palm and even though I still have some surviving plants in the ground after 5 years, it is not a good palm for me... it literally seems to shrink every year- stem gets a bit narrower, and leaves much smaller... Oh well. Commonly sold in clumps in nursery outlet stores as indoor palms, but it's not too good for that use, either. Native of Florida and the Caribbean islands. Solitary fan palm with large, nearly circular deeply split leaves that droop after the split. THrinax palms look a lot initially like Coccothrinax palms but the trunk looks very different- this genus has split leaf bases, while Coccothrinax palms do not.


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

Garden Grove, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida (2 reports)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Key Colony Beach, Florida
Key West, Florida (2 reports)
Loxahatchee, Florida
Marathon, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Summerland Key, Florida
Tavernier, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Schertz, Texas

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