Also known as
Elephant's Foot, Pony Tail, Bottle-Palm, Elephant-Foot-Tree
50 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Ponytail Palm Overview
Beaucarnea recurvata is an interesting-looking plant from the Asparagaceae family. This evergreen perennial has a bulbous base that stores water, meaning it can cope well with irregular watering. Commonly known by the names Ponytail Palm, Bottle-Palm and Elephant's Foot. It forms a topknot of slender, sword-shaped leaves that look like a pony's 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". It only flowers on mature plants. This plant has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Common problems with Ponytail Palm
Generally disease free but can suffer from scale insects.
How to harvest Ponytail Palm
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Ponytail Palm
Root offsets in spring.
Stem-tip cuttings in summer.
Special features of Ponytail Palm
Other uses of Ponytail Palm
Grown as a house plant in the UK the bulbous stem provides architectural interest.