Sago Palm – Female Flower
Q: I have a sago palm. Normally it has two layers of bright green leaves. What is this round thing?
A: The big ball in the middle is a female flower. It will open and display several reddish brown seeds if it has been pollinated. Male sago palms put forth a tan pine-cone-shaped flower which provides pollen. It’s not unusual for a female sago palm to forego the usual leaf production in order to flower, which it does every 2-3 years after it matures.