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Beaucarnea recurvata' Ponytail Palm'

Beaucarnea recurvata' Ponytail Palm'

Beaucarnea recurvata' Ponytail Palm' - This plant fits its name well. You can put its many leaves into a ponytail. The trunk may develop some branches when mature. B. recurvata can reach heights of up to 30 feet tall outdoors, under the right tropical conditions. Ponytail can be used as an indoor plant also, and will stay small when grown in containers. This palm is a very low maintenance plant that requires little water. The thin flat leaves can grow up to 6 feet long and about 1 inch wide. Creamy white, large clusters of flowers can appear on mature plants.


Palms are the universal symbol of the tropics. Palms are very important agricultural commodities in the tropics and are second only to the grasses or grains in economic importance. As landscape plants, palms are prized for their unique architecture and the intricate texture and form of their leaves and stems. Their beauty, durability, and variety rank then among the most highly valued of all landscape plants in subtropical and tropical regions. Palms are great for landscaping.

Palms are not typical trees. Instead of branching out, they grow huge leaves from a giant bud at their apex. The palm grows taller as this bud keeps producing new leaves and the lowest leaves die and fall. Next to the grasses, the palm family is most important in its usefulness to man. In some tropical countries the entire economy is based on palms, with the trees supplying food, shelter, and clothing. Worldwide, palms are an important source of food, vegetable oil, and sugar. They also provide timber, fiber, rattan cane, carnauba wax, and button ivory. We use them for everything from fuel and shampoo to the coconut seasoning of cakes and curries. Palms are planted as ornamentals for indoor and outdoor use to provide a tropical atmosphere. 



Beaucarnea recurvata 'Ponytail Palm'

Common Names

Pony Tail Palm, Bottle Palm, Monja

Grow Zone


Light Conditions

Full Sun,Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade

Water Requirements

High drought tolerance

PH Level


Minimum Height

5 feet

Maximum Height

30 feet

Growth Habit


Bloom Period

Mid Summer

Bloom Color

Pale Yellow





Best Grown In

Poolsides, Containers

Scientific Name

Beaucarnea recurvata









Salt Tolerance




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