Range: Western Cuba
Very rare in its native habitat of western Cuba, the old man palm has become a treasured landscape plant in South Florida. It is tough and easy to grow, but it takes a long time to reach an impressive size. The “beard” is formed by fibers that emerge with each new leaf and remain on the stem after the leaf falls. In the springtime, the old man palm blooms with masses of tiny white flowers, which are followed by showy pink-purple fruits in late summer.