Ponytail Palm: Identification and care.

Hello Judy,

Can you please tell me the name and care requirements for this plant?


Ben B
Brussels, Belgium


Large bulbous base, green thin leaves on Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

Your plant is a Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata). A Ponytail Palm is not really a palm. It is a relative of the Yucca plant, a member of the Agave family, and closely related to the Lily Plant. A Ponytail Palm,  sometimes referred to as a Bottle Palm or  Elephant Foot, is a slow growing very different looking plant that thrives on neglect. Put a Ponytail Palm in bright light, water sparingly, and watch it grow. You can read all of my care tips for a Ponytail Palm in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.




Ponytail Palm Plant