Grows at medium to high elevation in the mountain forests of Mexico.
A small palm, up to about 2m (1,5 feet) tall. Shade loving, with beautiful dark green leaves. Makes a good house plant but is also worth trying outside.
The leaves will get scorched if not acclimatised to the sun. Many people say it will die in full sun but after acclimatising it will survive. Likes alkaline soils, is quite drought tolerant and very cold hardy (-9 degrees celsius). The hardiest but slowest to grow in its genus.
Protect from -7°C
Light sun/light shade