The Areca palm is a stunning indoor house plant commonly used to brighten any interior. It’s especially good at making a big impact. This plant gives off that tropical feeling you normally only get from holidays, as its leaves resemble palm trees. As you can imagine, this makes the Areca Palm very popular amongst plant-lovers and interior designers alike. 

Also known as the yellow or golden cane palm and native to Madagascar, this plant is a member of the Arecaceae family. Here at The Little Botanical, we absolutely love this gorgeous and striking plant. We can’t wait to show you this symbolic green beauty in more detail!

Caring for the Areca Palm

Like many of our other large house plants, the Areca Palm loves sunlight but can’t handle a direct glare. Make sure it’s absorbing plenty of rays indirectly, otherwise the leaves could dry out and turn yellow. 

For the Areca Palm plant to reach its full potential and truly transform your living space, it requires a little more care than some of the other plants in our big house plant range.

These plants do need a little more watering, however, they should not be sitting in overly damp soil. Overwatering is a common way to harm this plant, so be sure not to water it if the soil is still wet.

In spring and summer, try to water the plant slightly more and keep it slightly moist at all times. This is important because they get very thirsty during this time of year. For more information and further plant care advice, read our frequently asked questions.

The Perfect Look

As we’ve already mentioned, the Areca palm is a real statement piece. Those fabulous palm leaves will command attention wherever you put them. We recommend placing it in large, light living spaces, such as the kitchen or living room. If you have a lot of light flooding into your bedroom, then it would look perfect there too.

With all those leaves, this green beauty requires a good amount of space to expand into. If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of space to fill, then consider our Large Areca Palm and XL Areca Palm. Both of these beauties come in a stylish Little Botanical ceramic pot! 

We’re delighted to announce that big house plant enthusiasts can now make even more of a statement with our very own stunning Belly Baskets. Check out how fabulous they look! Our Large Areca Palm in Belly Basket and for those who are searching for the ultimate tropical piece, our XL Areca Palm in Belly Basket.

Fun Facts

The Areca palm earned the title of ‘one of the best air purifying plants’ by Bill Wolverton, an American scientist responsible for introducing NASA’s famous Clean Air Study. We have a whole category dedicated to our clever air-purifying plants where you can read more about them and NASA’s study.

The Areca Palm is also known as the Butterfly Palm, Golden Butterfly Palm, Cane Palm and Dypsis Lutescens.

This indoor house plant also has the advantage of being friendly to pets, as stated by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). For more information on animal-friendly plants, have a read of our guide on the topic of plants safe for pets.