Rhapis excelsa Palms are a beautiful multi stemmed palm commonly used for indoor use and or shaded gardens. they can tolerate full sun however perform best in shaded and indoor environments. they are slow growers, typically growing around 10-15cm per year in an indoor environment

Rhapis Palm - Lady Palm

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Description: Rhapis excelsa, commonly known as Lady Palm, is an elegant evergreen palm that is prized for its attractive fan-shaped leaves and dense, clumping growth habit. This palm is particularly valued for its versatility and ability to thrive in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments.


  • Blooms: The plant produces small, inconspicuous yellowish flowers that grow in panicles. These blooms are not particularly ornamental and may go unnoticed.
  • Fragrance: The flowers have no notable fragrance.


  • Leaves: The leaves are dark green, glossy, and divided into several narrow segments, resembling a fan. They provide a lush, tropical appearance year-round.
  • Seasonal Color: The foliage remains green throughout the year.


  • Fruit: Small, oval, black fruits may develop after flowering. These are generally not significant for ornamental value.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 1-4 meters tall and 1-2 meters wide, forming a dense, clumping shape.
  • Habit: Upright and clumping with multiple stems emerging from the base, making it suitable for various landscape uses and as an indoor plant.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in tropical to subtropical climates and is suitable for warm regions in Australia. It can also be grown indoors in cooler climates.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining, fertile soils but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils. Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in bright, indirect light when indoors. When grown outdoors, it prefers partial shade to full sun.
  • Watering: Regular watering is essential, especially during the growing season. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.


  • Ornamental Palm: Highly valued as an ornamental palm for its attractive foliage and elegant form.
  • Indoor Plant: Suitable as a houseplant due to its manageable size and decorative appeal.
  • Garden Plant: Ideal for shaded garden positions, patios, and balconies.
  • Containers: Perfect for growing in containers, making it versatile for indoor and outdoor settings.


  • Pruning: Remove dead or damaged fronds to maintain appearance and encourage new growth. Minimal pruning is required for shape.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage color.
  • Pests and Diseases: Monitor for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, and scale insects. Maintain good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.


  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 9-11. In cooler regions of Australia, provide protection from frost or grow indoors.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other shade-loving plants such as ferns, peace lilies, and anthuriums to create a lush garden display.

Propagation: Propagate by division of clumps in spring or by seed.

Rhapis Palm

Common Name: Lady Palm

Botanical Name: Rhapis excelsa

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: Native to Southern China and Taiwan