Beaucarnea Recurvata

Common Name : Ponytail Palm

Plant Description

A decorative plant native to the dry desert regions of Mexico and Southern regions of the United States of America. A slow growing, evergreen tree with a palm like trunk, massive swollen, bottle-like base and long strappy, cascading leaves. When it matures it bears white flowers in mass in Summer followed by stems of pinkish seeds but this can take up to 10-15 years to happen and rarely does if kept inside. The flowers are scented and the birds and bees love them.

Plant Specifications

  • Plant UsesCan be kept indoors, out on patio, balcony or in the garden planted in the ground.
  • Water RequirementsDrought tolerant. Water well in Summer but sparingly in Winter otherwise the trunk may rot.
  • Plant availabilitySmall pots available now
  • PositionFull sun outside or high light levels inside in a warm spot.
  • Height / WidthCan grow anywhere from 6 to 9 to18m depending on the country and whether in a pot or the ground. Base can reach 2-3m across over time.
  • CareBase may cause cracks in pots. Protect from frost in cooler areas. When the flowers die off, cut the spike at the base. It will flower again in a few years.
  • SoilGood drainage and fertile soil