The genus howea owes its name to the Isle of Howe, from which they originate; only two species make up the genus, quite similar in appearance, H. forsteriana and H. balmoreana. These are medium-sized palms, in nature they reach a maximum of 12-15 meters in height; the specimens grown in pots instead remain below three meters, often widening for about 250 cm, therefore they need large spaces to be able to develop at their best. They are evergreen palms, very slow growing; they have a short, woody, smooth stem, furrowed by parallel rings at regular intervals. The fronds are arched, carried by a long flexible petiole; the segments of the fronds are dark green, leathery, pointed, and they also tend to arch over time. It is rarely the case that plants grown in the apartment produce flowers during the spring: they are long cylindrical panicles that bear whitish flowers, followed by oval fruits, yellow or brown in color. Each plant produces only 2-3 new fronds each year. These plants are easy to grow, and are widespread as houseplants.
In nature the plants of Kenzia they live in sunny places with a temperate climate; in fact they are not very demanding plants, which can develop even in non-ideal conditions and simple to grow even by those who are less expert in gardening. In the apartment we try to grow the Kenzia in a bright place, even if they can easily withstand the penumbra or the shade. During the winter months it is best to avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 12-15 ° C. If taken outdoors, during the summer months, it is advisable to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, or to expose the plants to the sun very gradually to prevent the leaves from being burnt by the sun's rays.