This fan-shaped, perennial, evergreen shrub can grow up to 3 feet across and up to 12 feet tall. It produces white, small flowers and orange to black fruits in bloom from May through July. It is most commonly found in pinelands, sand dunes and savannas.
The saw palmetto is commonly used when treating symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy. It is also used as a dietary supplement for urinary symptoms and enlarged prostate glands.
Did You Know:
The saw palmetto is part of the palm family which contains over 2,500 species in tropical and subtropical regions across the world.