THIS MAINTENANCE-FREE PALM CONJURES UP OLD FLORIDA CHARM
The Saw Palmetto or Serenoa Repens is native to Florida and the Southeastern U.S. You see it growing naturally in southern oak hammocks, pine forests and open fields. Landscapers love it as a filler, hedge, backdrop or accent. This unique palm grows wide, and often in a grouping.
The “saw” in its name refers to saw-like teeth on its leaf stems. But, not to worry, the plant rarely needs pruning. It’s absolutely fuss-free about the cold, and it’s both drought and salt tolerant. Place it in full sun or full shade.
An extract from the saw palmetto has been used for hundreds of years by everyone from the Mayans to the Seminoles. Currently, saw palmetto extract is hailed as an alternative medicine for prostate issues, though there is not strong medical evidence to support this.