Ponytail Palm has a huge swollen ‘elephant foot’ caudex with interestingly fissured bark – this is an adaptation to store water in its arid Mexican habitat
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Care & Size Guidance
The Ponytail palm isn’t actually a palm but is related to yucca and needs similar treatment.
Water frequently during summer, allowing the compost to dry out in between, and then sparingly during winter. Use a clay pot if possible; the porous material will absorb some of the water, drying out the soil more quickly.
If kept dry Beaucarnea recurvata can tolerate a good deal of frost but if even a little damp the bulbous stem will rot.
All Beaucarnea make slow growing, adaptable and tolerant specimens for the summer patio, house, conservatory or greenhouse.