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Beaucarnea recurvata (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Beaucarnea recurvata (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

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Zones 13, 16-25, 27, H1, H2
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Beaucarnea recurvata

Bottle Palm, Ponytail Palm
Agavaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

Native to Mexico. Grows to 12–15 ft. tall (possibly to 30 ft. in great age) and 9–12 ft. wide. One or more trunks rise from a greatly swollen base. On young plants, the trunk base looks like a big onion sitting on the soil; on old plants, it can measure several feet across. Clusters of bright green leaves arch and droop at ends of branches. Mature outdoor plants may bloom. Does exceptionally well indoors if given bright light and not overwatered.

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