"The parlor palm is the quintessential houseplant – the proof is right in the name. Growing a parlor palm tree indoors is ideal because it grows very slowly and thrives in low light and cramped space. It’s also an excellent air purifier. These are handsome, lush palms and it is easy to see why they are so popular. Parlor Palms have dense, deep green, feathery foliage born on arching branches. They usually develop bamboo-like ridges along the trunk as it ages.