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Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea recurvata

Also known as

Elephant's Foot, Pony Tail, Bottle-Palm, Elephant-Foot-Tree

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1.5m

Min

1m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Seed

Suckers

Root offsets in spring.

Cuttings

Stem-tip cuttings in summer.

Special features of Ponytail Palm

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Ponytail Palm

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

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