Populations of Navaea phoenicea occur in plant-community habitats of interest, and fall within 2 rural parks of northern Tenerife that are protected by law. They are:
Some of these rather restricted areas are also affected by intense agricultural use, putting it in grave danger of extinction, and for these reasons this species meets the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria for endangered status.
Its propagation is slow and difficult, which seems to be an important factor limiting recruitment and expansion.
Though rarely grown in gardens, it is of great interest as an ornamental species due to its flowering period and abundance.
Proposed methods of conservation include:
The principal threats to Navaea phoenicea are: