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Millionaire's Salad
Deckenia nobilis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Deckenia (dek-EN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: nobilis (NO-bil-iss) (Info)





over 40 ft. (12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year



Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Naples, Florida

Hilo, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 16, 2004, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

This is a really fantastic palm, and somewhat hard to find. Thankfully, specialty growers in Miami are now offering this species. Either this palm is a bit more hardy than predicted, or something about the climate in south FL is appealing to it. I really didn't expect this palm to survive our brief and periodic cold spells, but so far it has emerged from occasional episodes near freezing without any damage at all. Only time will tell how well this interesting palm will fare in our climate. I would definitely say this is well worth some experimentation in Florida.


On May 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the nicest looking tropical palms, from the Seychelles, where it can grow up to 100' tall. It has a classic palm shape wtih a nice ringed trunk, crownshaft, flat, slightly drooping leaves... but with highly ornamental and weird looking flower bracts that stick straight out right below the crownshafts like little fat torpedoes. Young palms have trunks covered with ornamental yellow dense spines. These spines eventually disappear as the palm ages. This is a nearly hopeless tropical palm unable to even begin to survive in California.... though a notable exception is photographed above right at the California/Mexico border in a perfect microclimate garden.