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 This is Kariem

Pachypodium lamerei (produced in the canton of Vaud)

(Madagascar palm)

Pot-Ø: 20cm

Height: approx. 50 cm





Go get him.

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Care tips

  • Well suited for beginners. 

  • Withstands dry, warm air from heating. 

  • Should be kept slightly moist in summer and rather dry in winter. 

  • ATTENTION: belongs to the family of Apocynaceae (dogbane family)! Avoid contact with skin. 

  • Protect from children and pets.  

  • IMPORTANT: do not get nervous if it loses its leaves in the dormant season (autumn/winter). This is normal. New leaves will grow back. 


0.2 dl / week



0.5 dl / 2 months

a lot of light

Symbolism, colours & shapes

Like many of us, the Madagascar palm has several names. Botanically, it is called Pachypodium lamerei, but because of its thickened trunk, it is often called the Thick-Foot or Bottle Tree. And it has one more name. Because it looks like a palm tree, but is a thorny succulent, it is also called Palm cactus.

Thanks to their expressive appearance, Madagascar palms are becoming increasingly popular as potted plants. They are robust and require little care. Moreover, they are attractive. Their silhouettes are reminiscent of palm trees, although they are not. After about ten years Madagascar palms in the room reach a meter in height, with time it can be more. Until this plant blooms, you often must wait many years. But then, with a little luck, you will be rewarded by pleasantly fragrant, beautifully white flowers. So, this «palm» is a real eye-catcher in every respect.


The Madagascar palm may look like a palm tree, but it is a succulent. As such, it can store water well. In its case, this happens in its thick trunk. This enables it to survive even long periods of drought. Then, when there is little or no rain in its country of origin, the Madagascar palm sheds its leaves. As protection against animal predation, the trunk is also covered with long thorns. As the name suggests, this plant is mainly at home in Madagascar. There it develops into a tree up to eight meters high. The Madagascar palm is very adaptable and can cope with different habitats.


Whether thorn forest or savannah, dry forest or inselbergs: the Madagascar palm takes it as it comes. A great ability.

By the way: «our» Madagascar palms are produced in the beautiful village of Yvorne in the canton of Vaud and are therefore «made in Switzerland». 

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