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Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea recurvata

Also known as

Elephant's Foot

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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A photo of Ponytail Palm
A photo of Ponytail Palm

Overview

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 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.

Common problems

Generally disease free but can suffer from scale insects.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Suckers

Root offsets in spring.

Special Features

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Uses

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