Syagrus weddelliana

wedding palm
Exquisite, refined, thin trunked, miniature feather palm. Rare houseplant, rarely seen in cultivation.
Syagrus weddelliana
height 3–5ft
width 3–5ft
tolerates Cool Summers, Fog, Narrow Planting, Pots
When soil is mostly dry.
This plant wants the top two thirds of its soil to dry out between waterings, while always having some moisture left deep in the pot. Never let it dry out completely. Generally the wedding palm will want water every one to three weeks once established, with a bit more in the first year. Remember that the watering will vary based on how much light your plant is in, and also the size of its pot, with plants in more light or smaller pots needing more frequent watering.

If the lowest leaves are consistently turning crispy and brown, without new growth replacing them from the top of the crown, it’s likely that you are under watering.
exposure Moderate Indirect – Partial Direct
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin S Brazil
16, 17, 21–24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Indoor Exposure Guide


Direct Sun
Beams of light hitting the plant near a window four or more hours a day. The most intense light. If you're in a direct sun spot, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Partial Direct
Occurs when you have a plant that is in less intense direct sunlight. This happens when a plant is in a few hours of direct morning sun, or an hour or less of direct afternoon sun. It also happens when a plant is in direct sun, but more than six feet from a window, where the light is diffused.

Bright Indirect
This is just beyond the direct beam of light (or through cracked blinds or a sheer curtain filtering direct sun). Bright indirect areas are characterized by a place where you can sit and read a novel comfortably without artificial light.

Moderate Indirect
Beyond the bright indirect light. In these areas you wouldn't turn on a light walking through the room, but if you were hanging out there you would probably have the lights on, even during the day.

Low Light
Dim spots, usually the backs of rooms or hallways where you would always turn lights on, even if just walking in to grab something.


Growing Notes

Prune off lowest leaves as they brown to keep this palm looking tidy.

Special Interest

Grows up to 3,000 feet in Brazils low altitude cloud forest.

More Info

This plant has been grown as a houseplant, but it also excels outdoors in mild climates. See Sunset zones if you are interested in growing this plant outside. Also note that anytime a houseplant is moved outside, some transitional stresses should be expected, including burning (when a plant that can and in fact would often prefer to grow in direct sunlight has not been cultivated in direct sun) and also drooping or leaf drop (usually associated with a shift in temperature). Planting outdoors during mild weather will help negate these effects, and if the plant is properly cared for, it should rebound with new acclimated growth.