This low shrub is a very durable, shade loving, drought
resistant plant. It is slow growing and virtually
maintenance free. After the saw palmetto is established it
can survive on rainfall alone.
The Miccosukee Seminole use the fruit as food. The berries
also had a range of medicinal uses. Herbalist, Mrs. M. Grieve,
recommended in her book "A Modern Herbal", 1939, using
the crushed dry seeds for diuretics. Today, the
berries are a source for the treatment of nonmalignant enlargement
of the prostate gland.