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Latin name: Beaucarnea recurvata
With a whirl and a flick, the foliage of ponytail palm arises from an unusual swollen trunk, the surface of which has the texture of elephant's skin. The leaves are leathery and ribbonlike and can grow up to six feet in length and less than an inch wide. The plants require high light levels for the best growth and can even tolerate direct sun. They have an unusual ability to store water in the trunk (thus the other common name of bottle palm) and can go up to a year without water. Wow, talk about low maintenance. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings if you don't plan on abandoning them for a full year.
FLOWER COLOR:very old plants may produce clusters of creamy white
WIDTH:6" to 3'
HEIGHT:14" to 6'
ZONES:very bright light
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS PLANT:The unusual shape
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