Rhaphis Excelsa (Lady Plam)
Reminiscent of bamboos, Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm) is a small evergreen palm with upright, slender, bamboo-like canes bearing delicate, glossy, dark green, fan-shaped leaves. Each leaf is about 20 in. long (50 cm), and is divided into 5-10 narrowly oblong lobes. The sturdy canes are covered with brown bers which fall as the plant ages, revealing the bamboo-like trunks. In summer, small panicles of tiny yellow owers are borne among the leaves.
Lady Palm can withstand temperatures down to 18ºF (-7ºC). Slow-growing and ridiculously easy to grow, Rhapis excelsa is popular as a houseplant, lending a rich tropical look to the home. It is also useful as a foundation plant, in shady borders and quite eective as an accent in a shrub border.