Seychelles Stilt Palm, Splendid Palm

Verschaffeltia splendida

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verschaffeltia (ver-shaf-FELT-ee-a) (Info)
Species: splendida (SPLEN-did-uh) (Info)




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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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


Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports)

Loxahatchee, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hana, Hawaii

St John, Mississippi

Omaha, Nebraska

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2014, sashaeffer from Omaha, NE wrote:

Positive in the sheer beauty of the palm. Will see how it does indoors. I can keep humidity at 60% so time will tell if the big windows for sun and indoor climate will let it flourish. Newly acquired a 3 gallon palm about 3ft tall with huge fronds and LOTS of spines. Was a challenge to pot up.

Update: First one died pretty fast. Leaves dried up one by one until palm died. I thought maybe part of the reason was I got it late in the year during a cold spell, plus the seller sent it(and a bunch of other palms) bare root but not surrounded by anything to keep roots damp. All palms died.

So, tried again this year when temps warmer, different seller who ships bare root with roots kept damp by moss. THIS palm resides in master bath in bright, but no direct light and... read more


On Dec 4, 2010, palmlover32 from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

I planted one in my garden 2 years ago. The cold weather that hit Boca Raton, FL last winter did not affect the plant much. It is a fast grower. The leaves are undivided and full of spines under the leaves and around the trunk. Loves the water, full sun, stilt roots are striking!


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This palm is definatley worth a try in coastal areas of Southern California, and no one has tried it in the state in fear of that it is too tender, which is what they thought about the Copernicia Baileyana as well, but tehy were wrong. Other palms from the Seychelles turned out to be surpsiginly hardy, like the Roscheria, which thrives in Sydney Australia, but no one has tried it yet in Southern California. There is a Verischfaltia growing in Port Macquerie Australia outside that is growing quite well, and in that area, you can not even grow a coconut palm.


On May 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Magnificent palm with spiny trunk, large, mostly unsplit wide leaves and ALWAYS has stilt roots. This is the priemier stilt root palm to grow in the tropics- it's a reliable and relatively fast grower there (hopeless here in southern California). In its native Seychelles, it can grow up to 80', high on steep, moutain slopes.

FYI- this palm has been tried hundreds of times by dozens of individuals along coastal southern California (as has Roscheria- even by myself, along with many dozens of other growers... no way!)- most with way more palm-growing experience than I have, and so far... no success.