Dioon edule or Virgin Palm
Starter Plant of this spectacular specimen plant Dioon edule or Virgin Palm. Virgin Palm has stiff, upright blue green to gray green leaves. The virgin palm is not a palm but rather a cycad, belonging to a group of cone bearing plants. Growing to about 11 feet the trunk may reach 4 to 12 inches in diameter. Each tree has 15 to 20 leaves that are about 6 feet long. This slow growing cycad prefers moist sandy soil. Dioon edule prefers regular watering and partial shade. The Virgin Palm is hardy in zones 8 to 11 and is the most cold hardy of all the cycads. Dioon edule thrives and grows best in partial shade.