Parlour Palm

Chamaedorea elegans; Neanthe bella palm; Parlour palm

Why we love Sharon

She’s been a popular houseplant for over a century because she adds subtle drama to a room. She’ll make you feel a little bit tropical, whatever the weather.

Most light conditions
Almost unkillable
The patch promise

She’s naturally a slow grower but if you want to give her a boost in spring and summer, give her a feed about once a month.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Chamaedorea elegans


Parlour palm; Chamaedora; Neanthe Bella palm; Good luck palm

Plant type

Herbaceous perennial; indoor

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)

40-50cm; 50-60cm; 90-100cm

Pet/baby safe


Nursery pot size

12cm; 17cm; 19cm

About Parlour palms

In the wild, you’ll find this plant growing primarily in Mexico and Guatemala, but it’s been beloved as an indoor plant around the world since Victorian times. For Victorians, the parlour was the best room in the house, where you would receive your fanciest visitors and display your fanciest possessions. This exotic palm in your parlour would suggest you were worldly and sophisticated, hence the name Parlour palm.

We’re all a bit less formal these days, but a Parlour palm still brings simple elegance to any room and it’s really easy to care for. It will tolerate low light and infrequent watering, but as with any plant, you’ll get better results if you treat them well. It will also appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

Did you know?

Parlour palms are one of the slowest growing house plants and can take decades to reach full height.

Need a pot? Fits great in: