Areca Palm gets its nickname, the Butterfly Palm, because its long feathery fronds (leaves) arch upwards off of multiple reed like stems.
Although the areca palm can grow as high as 30 feet outdoors, in interior locations, it tends to average only 6 to 7 feet. Long evergreen leaf stems shoot up from golden stalks and arch outward and down. The small white flowers and dark purple oblong fruits can appear year-round. These palms typically grow 6 to 7 inches per year.
Areca Palm is effective in removing benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
The areca needs filtered light, preferably near a southeast or west-facing window. Use a moist, well-drained soil (preferably acidic soil), and water the plants as soon as the soil feels dry a little below the surface. Areca palms do not respond well to overwatering. Never allow an Areca to sit in water as this causes root rot. The fronds of an Areca wilt when they need water but quickly perk up once the soil is drenched.