The Madagascar palm (Pachypodium lamerei), is native to southern Madagascar, and is actually a member of the succulent and cactus family. Even though this plant has the name “palm”, it is not a palm tree at all.
Madagascar palms can grow up to 6 feet tall indoors, and up to 15 feet tall in their native habitat. Their long trunks (similar to Plumeria) are covered with thick spines and form leaves at the top of the trunk.
It produces aromatic yellow, pink or red flowers in the winter. Madagascar palm plants are an excellent addition to any sun-filled room.
They prefer high light and well-draining soil. A pot with drainage holes will help with avoiding root rot.