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Washingtonia filifera - California/Desert Fan Palm Seed - Sheffield`s Seed Co., Inc.
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Source: www.sheffields.com Author: Jon Anderson
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Source: www.sheffields.com Author: Jon Anderson

Washingtonia filifera

California Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm

In Stock: 8.985 lb (Total:8.985lb)
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8.99 lb


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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures.|Seed needs warm temperatures after sowing to germinate (75 degrees F +) 

The Washingtonia filifera, also known as the Desert Fan Palm or California Fan Palm, is a palm native to the desert regions of Central, southern and southwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, extreme northwest Mexico, and the inland deserts of Southern California. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in suitable temperate climates around the world. This palm is one of the hardiest Coryphoidiae palms, able to tolerate temperatures as low as 10 °C (14 °F) with minor damage. It thrives in warm temperate climates with dry summers and wetter winters.

The Washingtonia filifera is a medium-sized evergreen tree that can reach a height of 23 meters. It has a strong and fleshy root system that can penetrate deep in search of water. The plant prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate some salt and maritime exposure. It is also drought-tolerant and can survive in areas with extensive droughts as long as its roots have access to underground water supplies.

Unfortunately, the palm oases where this species thrives are shrinking and disappearing due to urbanization and groundwater depletion. Increased agricultural irrigation has also lowered aquifers, reducing the water availability for palm oases. This poses a threat to the Washingtonia filifera and the organisms that rely on its habitat for survival.

In addition to its ecological importance, the Washingtonia filifera also has various uses. The fruit, which is small and hard, can be eaten raw or cooked. It can also be dried and ground into flour for making cakes. The seeds can be ground into a powder and used for making bread or porridge. The young central bud of the palm can be roasted and eaten, but harvesting it will kill the tree. The leaves of the palm are used by indigenous tribes to make sandals, thatch roofs, and baskets. The whole leaves are also woven and used as the side walls and roofs of huts and temporary dwellings.

Overall, the Washingtonia filifera is a resilient palm with numerous benefits. However, its survival is threatened by various factors, making it important to protect its habitat and ensure its preservation for future generations.

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