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Chamaedorea elegans

Parlour Palm

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Chamaedorea elegans is, as the name suggests, an exceptionally elegant little feather-leafed palm from the rainforest understory in southern Mexico and Guatemala that slowly grows a thin, reedy trunk. It has been grown as a houseplant since Victorian times, gracing 'parlours' throughout the land. Tolerant of shade and dry air, compact and slow growing, it is in many ways the perfect palm to grow indoors but will excel in a shady spot in a conservatory or greenhouse, where the extra humidity and buoyant atmosphere will be to its liking. In milder locations Chamaedorea elegans can also be tried outdoors, surviving -6C or lower under evergreen canopy and given sufficient wrapping to protect the leaves.

Chamaedorea elegans Identification Sheet

Central America
Common name(s)
Parlour Palm
Neanthe bella
Part to full shade, moist well-drained soil
Eventual height
3m but slow growing indoors, unlikely to outgrow its space
Eventual spread
Best kept frost-free
Skill level

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Palm trees are one of the most popular choices for indoor plants to grow. They provide the majestic beauty of a tropical garden and the ease of care. The less mature palms can be used as a desk plant for a small office and even in bathrooms of some homes. 

An inevitable problem encountered by growing palms indoors is the amount of dust that builds up on the leaves over time. 


The soil in the pots should be kept moist and never be allowed to dry out. During the summer months you will be watering as much as twice per week to maintain moisture levels, whereas in winter you should water sparingly.

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Reviews (8)

Rated 4.42 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 8 customer reviews
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Quality Palm

Quality palm with very quick delivery, came with leaflet guide which is very informative about how to look after the plant. Highly recommend the Palm Centre to anyone.

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Excellent plant, packaging unreliable

The plant is excellent apart from a couple of damaged leaves. When it arrived it was loose in the box and quite a lot of the compost had come out of the pot. It looked as though the cardboard layer with the hole which holds the pot was depressed on one side and the pot had worked loose. The courier did not ring or put a note through the door, but did leave it in the designated safe place.

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Total success

A perfect purchase. Bought one Dyspis lutescens and 2 Chamaedorea elegans. All arrived in prime condition, packaging excellent. Delivery had to be delayed because of extreme cold weather. The plants were a gift and I was told that I could run the risk, if I chose to go ahead anyway, but I am glad I accepted their advice not to. These people are obviously professionals to be trusted.

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My palm arrived in excellent condition and on time. Having been around plants all my life I am qualified to say that my palm was vigorous, healthy and obviously well tended. I will by here again.

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Absolutely over the moon with the plant that arrived. It was really well packaged and after a good shake out it looks lovely. Really happy, thank you!

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All good. Plants arrived healthy, well packed and as described. Am very pleased with my purchase. Only note is that a small number of fronds had accidentally stuck to the packing tape at the top of box, otherwise I would have given this 5 x stars! Would definitely buy from here again though.

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arrived promptly and well protected. quite pleased with the plant

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This arrived on time, size as specified, well-wrapped and healthy. No complaints!