Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Chamaerops humilis L.

Half hardy, bushy palm producing suckers when mature, with broad, pinnate, bluish leaves to 100cm long, composed of up to 15 linear leaflets, and yellow flowers in dense, almost hidden panicles in spring and summer.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘According to Willdenow there are two varieties of this plant: one almost without any stem, the other with a stem 20 feet high.’ The variety major is presumably the latter.  [BM t.2152/1820].  Introduced to Britain in 1731.  [PD].  ABR pl.599/1810.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.307/1857].


Published Mar 06, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Last updated Feb 13, 2010 - 03:44 PM

The image shows fan-like frond and flowering stem only.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2152, 1820.

Chamaerops humilis L. | BM t.2152/1820 | BHL

Family Arecaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Dwarf fan palm, European palm

Name in the Camden Park Record

Chaemerops humilis major 

Confidence level high