Horticulture Magazines in the late 1880’s attributed the popularity of the Kentia Palms to Queen Victoria. Her stately homes and castles featured Kentia Palms in elaborate urns bringing tropical nature inside these vast chambers.
In many portraits of the nobility in Europe there was often a potted Kentia Palm displayed. On some occasions the potted Kentia Palm might not have been the most elegant choice for its shape or size, but it was a feature. Could this trend be because the Kentias in that area defined good fashion sense and wealth, all because of Queen Victoria’s admiration for the palm?
Photos from Seed to Elegance.