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Areca Palm

Dypsis lutescens

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Also known as Bamboo Palm, Butterfly Palm, Golden Cane Palm and Yellow Palm, this is a favourite of interior gardening lovers! 

My many stems form a fountain of arched green leaves. I was once endangered but, thanks to my growing popularity, I am no longer at risk of extinction.

The Areca Palm is a striking plant, kept indoors with the correct care, it can grow up to 6ft. in height and live for around a whole decade. 

Great for homes with dry air, it helps purify and will brighten any space!

Choose from 2 sizes

Large: Growing pot size is 17cm. 

Overall plant height including growing pot: 45-55cm

Extra Large: Growing pot size is 24cm. 

Overall plant height including growing pot: 90-100cm

Pets: Pet friendly

Key Benefits of Areca Palm

For those that suffer from dry skin in the colder months, this will be the perfect company! The Dypsis lutescens is an impressive humidifier as it transpires water and helps soften skin damage caused by central heating.

According to NASA researchers, it has effective purifying qualities. 

Plant Care Tips: The Areca Palm

This is relatively easy to care for, your plant will thrive if you follow simple steps; 

  • Keep it in an area with bright, indirect light - the leaves can turn yellowish-green in direct sunlight,
  • Keep the leaves away from cold windows, air conditioners and heat sources,
  • In the warmer months, give it enough water to keep the soil lightly moist. In the colder months, only water it when the soil is slightly dry, 
  • They prefer distilled or collected rainwater,
  • During the spring, feed it with a time-release fertiliser. In the summer, spray it with a micronutrient. They do not need feeding during winter and autumn. 
  • We recommend repotting it every 2-3 years to replace aged soil and remove fertiliser salt deposits

The Areca Palm Story

Where is it from?

Areca Palms are native to the rain forest of eastern Madagascar where they are found in sandy locations or very close to the ocean.

Years ago, because of large habitat destruction on the Island, the Dypsis lutescens were in danger. Luckily, with the growing popularity of indoor decorating and worldwide distribution, their extinction is now highly unlikely.

Who is the Dypsis lutescens? 

Although they are large plants originally from tropical forests, these palms can accept trimming without serious consequences, making it possible to keep them indoors for their whole lives.

Because of their smooth, golden-ish trunks they can look similar to bamboo clumps. They feature feathery, arching, narrow and full fronds, each with up to 100 leaflets.

Good For You!

  • Transpiring: As they are tropical plants, they’re well adapted to humid conditions. Areca Plants perspire and act as humidifiers helping relieve respiratory issues and skin trouble.  
  • Purifying: As part of their photosynthesis, they help filter volatile organic compounds like cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes. 

Is The Areca Palm The Right Plant For Me?

Easy to care for and beautiful, we think this monumental palm suits everyone, especially if you have large rooms. 

This is a spacious plant that will prosper in sizable rooms like kitchens and living rooms.

If you are struggling with respiratory problems or skin sensitivity, this will be a huge helping hand!

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Care Instructions


Pop me in a room that has lots of light, please! But don't let me sit in direct sunlight because my leaves will burn.


Keep my soil lightly moist when the weather is hot and dry, but I'll need watering less frequently in winter.


I am more tolerant of the cold than some other indoor houseplants, but I'd still like it to 13 degrees centigrade or more.


Give me some liquid fertiliser during the growing season.


Good news: I am pet friendly!


Remove any dying stems to help keep me healthy.


Place me on a shallow gravel tray filled with water and mist regularly. A spell outside in warm summer rain would go down a treat.

General Information About Your Plant


You can find me in various tropical and subtropical regions in the world. Originally I'm from eastern Madagascar rain forests.


I grow between six and ten inches every year and can grow as tall as seven feet high. Once mature, I become very valuable so nurture me well!

Areca palm in pink pot

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How to care for Areca Palms

Medium Light

Medium Light

I like part-shaded areas in a well- lit room or a spot near a north- facing window where I won’t get sunlight

Heavy Watering

Heavy Watering

Keep my soil moist at all times, but not soggy and never let me sit in water. Watering every 5 days or so should be perfect



I'm sensitive to some chemicals in tap water, so please collect rainwater for me, or leave tap water sitting overnight

How the Areca Palm cares for you



The shape of my trunk and canopy triggers an evolutionary response that will help you feel calm and safe



The bright green colour of my foliage colour triggers an evolutionary response that will help you feel vital and healthy



I am perceptively alive, helping you feel embedded in the greater ecosystem and giving you a sense of perspective

Want to know more about how we break down plant wellness benefits? Read our post about it here.

About the Areca Palm

The Areca Palm is a dynamic plant that looks fabulous in the home. It features tall stems which grow upward and arch out into bright fronds. It is sometimes known as the Golden Feather Palm or Butterfly Palm on account of the shape of its leaves. This plant is easy to care for and brings lots of benefits, including purified air and the relief of dry skin.

Because the Areca Palm transpires a lot, it humidifies its environment and has a positive effect on skin, especially during the colder months when we rely on central heating, which can dry out our skin. NASA's cleaner air studies have also identified it as a great plant for removing pollutants and toxins from the air.

Known in Latin as the Dypsis lutescens, this plant is native to the Madagascan tropics and is sometimes classed as an endangered species due to the loss of its natural habitat. If nurtured well, an Areca Palm can grow several inches per year and reach a height of 7 feet tall! The plant does best in bright rooms out of direct sunlight, as intense sun can damage its delicate fronds. Regular misting will keep your Areca Palm healthy, and being kept on a shallow tray of water is a great way of supporting your plant's transpiration. The Dypsis lutescens grows plenty of leaves on narrow stems, so don't be afraid to remove any dying stems to stimulate the palm's growth.