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Elephant's foot

Beaucarnea recurvata

Pony tail

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An interesting-looking plant, this evergreen perennial has a bulbous base that stores water (which means you don't need to water it very often) and has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. A topknot of slender, sword-shaped leaves that look like a ponys tail cascade around the stem, these measure around 1m in length. This palm does not need humid air, so copes well with centrally heated rooms. Dr Hessayon describes it as "A curiosity rather than a thing of beauty".

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Stem tip cuttings can be taken in mid summer.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Mexico

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Grown as a house plant in the UK the bulbous stem provides architectural interest.

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Generally disease free but can suffer from scale insects.

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