Coccothrinax argentata

Florida silver palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 5-20 ft    Width: to 5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      red,purple
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Slow-growing hedge or background plant. Notable for the silver-white undersides to its leaves.
Considerations: Slow growing.
Propagation: De-pulped seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus) Used by birds for nesting and food.
Native Habitats: Pine rockland, rockland hammock, maritime hammock

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


In the West Indies, it is used for making baskets, hats and other crafts.

Other Comments:

It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.