Not a Palm, But a Succulent from a Far-Flung Island
Unique and exotic, like the island nation it comes from, the Madagascar Palm is a succulent that does indeed resemble like a palm. Use care when deciding where to plant, as the Madagascar’s spines are extremely sharp. Ideal locations are away from walkways, kids and pets.
The top of the Madagascar blooms with white flowers in the summer. After blooming, new heads may form and cause the plant to branch out. Many Madagascars develop a swollen trunk over time, adding to the succulent’s unusual appearance. A moderate grower, the plant can reach up to 10 ft. outdoors. It prefers full sun, minimal water and sandy soil. And, it’s moderately cold and salt tolerant. Indoors, make sure to place the Madagascar in maximum light, by a south or west facing window.