Chaemerops humilis var argentea
My very first palm purchase (Cycas revoluta, of course, doesn't count.) I eyed this plant several times because I love the color, a blue nearly identical to the blue of Agave americana medio-picta alba 'Aurea'.
Like this, but a palm:
I thought more blue foliage would look great on the blue/bronze themed balcony.
Blue palm in a bronze pot:
But...it's a palm. Weedy Washingtonia filifera seedlings sprouting everywhere has made me a palm-hater. However, it's time to get past that. I cannot hold the myriad flaws of Washingtonias against the entire world of palms.
Blue and bronze
Chaemerops is a very, very slow grower, exactly what I want. It should stay as it is, or close to it, for many years.
More commonly known as C. humilis var cerifera, it easily handles temperatures from 0F to 130F. It is found on rocky cliffs along the Mediterranean coast, but also up as high as 5,000 feet in the Atlas mountains of North Africa. It stays bluest with hot dry summers, and becomes even more silvery blue with age. It likes heat, so the oven that is our balcony should suit it.
Not every plant gets to be an Agave.