The Florida Silver Palm is a small fan palm that is named for the silvery undersides of its leaves. It is native to southern Florida, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean region. It is an attractive palm and is widely cultivated in the regions where it is native to and is occasionally grown in tropical regions in other parts of the world. It is used as a specimen plant, a street tree and is grown in groups and under taller palm trees. C. argentata has deeply divided leaves with long, slender, stiff or drooping segments. The leaf blades are on long stalks. The upper sides of the leaves are dark green or blue-green and glossy. Lower surfaces are silvery-white with satiny hairs. It has a straight, smooth, light gray trunk. Fruits are globose, and purple-black. They are in long, drooping clusters among the leaves. The fruits mature in the late summer and autumn. It can grow up to 20 feet in height but is usually 6-10 feet tall. The crown is about 3-6 feet wide. C. argentata grows in pinelands and limestone rocklands, often among saw palmettos and thatch palms. It grows in full sun or part sun and in any well-drained soil. It is tolerant of salt and is often cultivated in coastal regions.
- Soak the seed in water for 24 hours.
- The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a layer of soil that is 0.5 inch thick.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.