Nolina recurvata

Ponytail palm

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

Formerly called Beaucarnea recurvata, the ponytail palm is one of strangest plants for growing indoors. It's the odd looking base that adds to the bizarre appearance of the plant, which has thin, leathery green leaves sprouting from the top of the fat swollen, woody stem. It is one of the easiest houseplants and will thrive in a centrally heated room. Grow it in loam-based compost in full light, but not direct sun. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit, which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Nolina

Species: recurvata

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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Kenneth Mugwami

its an easy plant,but dont overwater.some call it elephant foot because of its shape at the bottom,its stores water on its base making it drought resistant.

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