Neanthe Bella Palm

Chamaedorea elegans

Neanthe Bella Palm, commonly known as a Parlor Palm, is tropical, slow growing plant native to the rainforests of Southern Mexico and Guatemala and is one of the most sought-after indoor palms due to its size and easy maintenance. Parlor Palms have bright green fan-shaped leaves and has been used as a decorative plant since Victorian times found growing in home parlors hence its name.

Care for your Neanthe Bella Palm

Neanthe Bella palms can adapt to low light conditions making it a great choice as an office plant and can withstand bright, filtered light. These tropical plants like a peaty, well-draining potting soil and a planter with drainage. They also appreciate the occasional misting, whether from a spray bottle or humidifier, to mimic their rainforest environment. Neanthe Bella palms can reach heights up to 4 feet after several years making and is a common tabletop accent until it reaches maturity. The slow growing nature and adaptability to low light makes this tropical plant a fun addition for dotting plant parents.

Care Tips

Chamaedorea elegans

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall:


Parlor palms grow best in moderate light, but can tolerate low-light rooms as well.


Water evenly when the top one to two inches of soil are dry. Depending on the size of your planter, they usually like to be watered every seven to 10 days.


Anything above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is comfortable for a parlor palm.


Fertilize every three to four weeks from spring through fall.

Fun Facts

  1. Pet-safe Palm:Many popular houseplants are toxic to pets if they nibble on the leaves, but the parlor palm is totally nontoxic to cats and dogs alike.
  2. Fronds and Flowers:Parlor palms have green fronds all year long, but after a few years of growth they may put out yellow flowers in the spring. Whether they do depends on if your palm is male or female.
  3. Bestseller Status:The parlor palm is one of the best-selling houseplants in the world, and has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, all thanks to its easy-growing nature.
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