Ponytail Palm Plant

Beaucarnea recurvata
Bottle Palm

The first thing you need to know about this easy care plant is that a Ponytail Palm is not really a palm. A Ponytail Palm is a relative of the Yucca plant, a member of the Agave family, and closely related to the Lily Plant. A PonyTail Palm is unique succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant.", there are no two of these palms that are exactly alike. A PonyTail Palm has a large swollen base that some say resemble an elephants foot. The thin trunk of a PonyTail Palm is topped with flat dark green grass-like leaves. The leaves of a Ponytail Palm are about an inch wide and often 5-6 ft long and the edges can be quite sharp. 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 lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., water sparingly, and watch it grow.