Ravenea glauca

mini majestic palm
Modest-size, graceful feather palm with a thin trunk, fine foliage and neat habit. Undersides of leaves are white. Moderate water. Ensure good drainage. Nice flowers.
Ravenea glauca
height 12–20
width 6–10
tolerates Heat, Pots
This palm should be watered deeply every week or two once it’s established. It doesn’t want to ever dry out completely. Given the sharp drainage it appreciates it’ll need more frequent watering.
exposure Full Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing Palm Fertilizer
origin Madagascar
16, 17, 21–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

This palm naturally grows in the gravely cracks between rocks in Isalo national park in Madagascar. As such, we find good drainage is important and root rot occasionally occurs when planted in heavy soil. That said, one member of our team has grown this palm through a few winters in SSZ 16 in heavy shaded clay without trouble, and many other growers promote this palms durability in various soils. If you have experience with this palm in heavy soil we’d love to hear from you!
Given this palms habitat, in tight canyons, it does well in both full sun (where palms high in the canyons grow) and full shade (where lower palms live). Palms in the shade will be thiner trunked and even more lacy and delicate looking, while those in full sun will be stouter and have brighter powdery blue-green leaves.

Special Interest

There are two forms of this palm in Isalo National Park; one grows in shady steep canyons and has a smaller overall stance, the other grows out on open flat rocky ledges in hot baking sun and has a larger stance. Unfortunately, the two forms are not often distinguished in cultivation.

The species ‘glauca’ refers to the glaucous (powdery) blue new growth.