The parlour palm, Chamaedorea elegans, is a popular houseplant grown for its attractive light green fronds. On NASA's list of 50 Indoor plants that clean the air, it's fantastic for filtering and purifying stagnant air, and is a popular choice for growing in the work place. Tiny yellow flowers occasionally appear from spring to autumn, followed by small black fruit.
Chamaedorea elegans is found growing in the wild in Mexico and Guatemala. For best results, grow in houseplant compost in a bright spot, shaded from full sun. Water regularly during the growing season and feed monthly. During winter, keep the compost on the dry side. Repot pot-bound plants in spring.
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