Beaucarnea recurvata


Beaucarnea recurvata

Pony Tail Palm, Bottle Palm

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Central to Southeastern Mexico

Growth Habit:

A single-trunked tree up to 15 feet tall, possibly even taller in very old specimens. Plants will branch more with age, and the trunk base can grow several feet across.

Growing Requirements:

Pony Tail Palms grow best in full sun with well-drained soil They are very drought-tolerant. They are a good houseplant with enough sun; being kept in a pot will slow their growth.


Beaucarneas are not actually palms, but are succulents that have a swollen base used for water storage. The long, narrow leaves droop down from tufts at the top of the plant. Older plants will produce clusters of small white flowers that turn into papery seed capsules.

Where at Lotusland:

A grove of over 75 mature Beaucarnea trees border the Bromeliad Garden and the Main Lawn.

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