Licuala grandis (Ruffled Fan Palm)
Licuala grandis (Ruffled Fan Palm)

Licuala grandis (Ruffled Fan Palm)


Licuala grandis, or Licuala Palm is a true stand-out with its glossy, pleated, fan-like fronds. Native to the humid rainforests of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, the palm puts out a drooping cluster of fruits that mature late in the season. Many gardeners cluster Licualas beneath a tall shade tree for a visually pleasing look. Indoors, the palm can be a dramatic accent. Make sure to place it where it can benefit from bright light and warmth.

Licuala prefers partial shade or dappled sun when young. It will not thrive with constant wind exposure. Older specimens can take more sun if humidity is high and summer temperatures are not too scorching. Soil should be fast draining. Water regularly to ensure soil remains evenly moist. 

Because Licuala is in very high demand as a standing indoor palm and quite slow growing, this plant is often expensive, even at a young age. It is considered mildly toxic to dogs and cats.