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.

female sago palm

male sago palm

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