Madagascar Palm

(6 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Pachypodium lamerei

Common Names: Madagascar Palm

Overview: The Madagascar Palm is an extraordinary succulent that captivates with its unique appearance and resilience. Native to Madagascar, this striking plant boasts a thick, spiny trunk that can reach heights of up to 30 feet. Atop the trunk, long and narrow leaves cluster, providing an elegant touch reminiscent of a palm tree. Its adaptation to arid conditions allows it to thrive in drought-prone areas, making it an ideal choice for water-wise gardens. The Madagascar Palm produces exquisite flowers during the warmer months, featuring large, funnel-shaped blooms in shades of white, cream, yellow, or pink. However, patience is key, as it can take a decade or more for this slow-growing plant to reach maturity and bloom. While its allure is undeniable, it’s important to handle the Madagascar Palm with care due to its toxicity to humans and animals when ingested.

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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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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.

Caring for your Madagascar Palm

Caring for a Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei) involves providing the right growing conditions, proper watering, adequate sunlight, and occasional fertilization. This unique succulent, native to the island of Madagascar, requires specific care to thrive. Here’s a detailed guide on how to care for your Madagascar Palm:


Madagascar Palms thrive in bright, direct sunlight. Place your plant near a south-facing window or in a location where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. Insufficient light can cause the plant to become lanky and weak. However, be cautious of intense, scorching sunlight during the hottest parts of the day, as this can damage the leaves. If necessary, you can provide light shade during the hottest months to protect the plant.


These palms prefer warm temperatures between 70°F and 90°F (21°C to 32°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures around 60°F to 65°F (15°C to 18°C) at night. They are sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate frost or temperatures below 50°F (10°C). If you live in a region with cold winters, it’s best to keep your Madagascar Palm indoors or in a greenhouse.


The Madagascar Palm thrives in well-draining soil. A mixture of cactus soil, sand, and perlite works well. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.


Madagascar Palms are adapted to survive in arid conditions, so they are drought-tolerant. It’s important to let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering. Water your plant thoroughly but infrequently. Allow the soil to dry out at least 2 inches (5 cm) deep before watering again. During the winter months or when the plant is in a dormant phase, reduce watering frequency even further. Overwatering can cause root rot and other issues, so it’s better to err on the side of underwatering.


During the growing season, which typically occurs in spring and summer, you can fertilize your Madagascar Palm every 4 to 6 weeks. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents or cacti. Dilute the fertilizer to half or a quarter of the recommended strength to avoid overfertilization, as excessive nutrients can harm the plant. Reduce or cease fertilization during the winter months or when the plant is dormant.


Madagascar Palms generally require minimal pruning. However, you can remove any dead or damaged leaves to maintain a tidy appearance. Be cautious when handling the plant, as its spines can be sharp and prickly.


Young Madagascar Palms may need to be repotted every 2 to 3 years to accommodate their growth. Select a pot that is slightly larger than the current one, using well-draining soil. When repotting, be careful not to damage the plant’s delicate roots. It’s best to repot during the growing season to minimize stress on the plant.


Propagating Madagascar Palms can be challenging, but it is possible. The most common method is through stem cuttings. Take a stem cutting from a healthy, mature plant and allow it to dry for a few days. Then, plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix and keep it slightly moist until new roots form.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Mature Height

2 ft – 12 ft


3 ft – 4 ft

6 reviews for Madagascar Palm

  1. Irwin Noval

    How many inches does your 3 foot Lamerei grow per year?

  2. Tonya-Sue Hall (verified owner)

    I returned to Plantvine because I received an email ad and decided to take a look. I see my comments below with a reply from Haley. My plant never recovered. It died. I have pics if you’d like to see it. I was and am devastated. I’d like to try again, what can you offer me?

  3. Sandra Bowman (verified owner)

    Love my new favorite cactus

  4. Katie L. (verified owner)

    It took a bit to ship my little madagascar, but once it shipped it got here super quick and was exactly as pictured! No shock from the shipping/losing leafs or wilting, it looked perfect and was packaged very well and carefully.

  5. John Flowers (verified owner)

  6. Odaliz Lopez (verified owner)

    Beautiful and unexpectedly big well packed and thanks for the sharp warning on the packaging

  7. Cathy Heidenescher

    I have a Madagascar Palm that I am sure is at least 16 years old.Outside in the summer, and indoors in the winter. It is 8 feet tall and has bloomed white flowers the last 3 years! It is my pride and joy!

  8. Gretell (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant

  9. James (verified owner)

  10. Chris

    That’s great!! Thanks!

  11. Chris

    Hello – I’d like to purchase a Madagascar Palm. What is the size of the PLANT for the large and extra large pot sizes? Thanks

  12. Tonya-Sue Hall (verified owner)

    Thanks Haley!

  13. Tonya-Sue Hall (verified owner)

    My Madagascar Palm all of a sudden lost all of its leaves.
    What could be the reason for this? Any advice welcome.

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Why others chose the Madagascar Palm

The seller was quick to respond to inquiries and I love that they send you pictures of your plant before they ship. Excited for it to arrive!

I have always wanted one of these cactus as I live in an apartment I beleave I will be very pleased with this item thank you !!