This handsome Kentia palm originates from Lord Howe Island - which is a very small island of the coast of Australia.
The name Howea Forsteriana gets its name from it's home-land of Howe.
This leafy houseplant is a slow grower that can take decades to reach its maximum height of 10 metres. These guys measure in at just over 1m, so are a good start.
Here's some plant history for you...
In the 1870s, the Kentia palm first became popular in the UK. As with the Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant), the Kentia became a status symbol and grew in popularity as a houseplant in Victorian homes. As a plant it does well in poor light and murky air that Victorian homes had to offer. Queen Victoria herself was a big fan, insisting palms were placed around her coffin when she died.
Also - this plant also featured heavily on-board the Titanic. In first class of course, as this plant is all about status.
The Kentia Palm is still a popular houseplant today as caring for it is easy.
It likes light, but not harsh direct sun. Regular misting will keep its leaves fresh and dust free. Water only when the soil becomes dry.
TIP: pop your Kentia Palm in the shower and give it a hose down. This will remove dust, refresh the leaves and give the soil a drink too.
Non-toxic for pets and humans.
In 21cm pot.
Approx 1m tall.