Chamaerops Humilis

Dwarf fan palm; Mediterranean fan palm; African hair palm; European fan palm; Palm Cabbage

Why we love Mae

Stylish and easy to care for, Mae brings a little bit of the tropics to your outdoor space.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

If your garden or balcony is exposed to a lot of wind, she’s a great plant for you. A stiff breeze won’t bother her.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Chamaerops humils


Dwarf fan palm; Mediterranean fan palm; African hair palm; European fan palm; Palm Cabbage

Plant type

Outdoor palm

Plant height (including pot)

60-70cm; 90-100cm; 120-130cm

Pet/Baby safe?

Not toxic, but very spiky 

Nursery pot size

18cm; 26cm; 30cm

About dwarf fan palms

The dwarf fan palm is a plant that looks tropical but is perfectly ok with non-tropical conditions. It’s one of only two palms native to Europe and copes happily with British weather. Cold temperatures, wind and drought won’t phase it. 

In the wild, it grows mainly in southwestern Europe, in places like Spain and Portugal, but also in North Africa. It’s quite a slow grower, but in the wild it can reach heights of up to 5m, with its fan-like leaves growing as long as 1.5m. It won’t reach those heights in a pot and will only grow a few centimetres per year, so don’t worry about it taking over your balcony or patio.

It’s incredibly easy to care for. It likes a spot that gets some sun, but is fine with shade for part of the day. It’s very drought tolerant so just give it a water occasionally, when you notice the top two inches of soil are dry. Your plant will arrive in a nursery pot (the plastic pot it’s been growing in). There’s no need to remove it from this. Just place the whole thing inside a decorative pot. 

This is an ideal plant for inexperienced gardeners and gives great results for very little effort. We’re big fans. 

Did you know?

In Spain, dwarf palm seeds are mainly spread by badgers, which are attracted to the fruit that smells like rancid butter.

Need a pot? Fits great in: