Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea recurvata

The Ponytail Palm, also known as a Bottle Palm Tree or Elephant Foot Tree, is neither a palm nor a tree. This plant is a type of succulent from the Agave family, native to dry regions of eastern Mexico. The Ponytail Palm gets its name from the long curling leaves that grow similar in appearance to a ponytail from the top of the trunk. The Ponytail Palm stump stores water at its base and tapers up into a thin stem. One or more rosettes of long, green leaves develop from the top of the dome as the plant matures. Foliage can reach three feet in length indoors and double outdoors.


Ponytail Palms are popular houseplants due to their forgiving nature and lush long leaves. Known as the easiest “palm” to grow indoors, these easy-to-care-for plants don’t require much to grow beautifully. Ponytail Palms are happiest in bright spots and prefer indirect sunlight, however they can be acclimated to full sun exposure. The soil can be kept fairly dry, allow the top two inches of soil to dry completely between watering's since the bulbous trunk stores the plants water source. Ponytail Palms are great for plant parents who don’t have as much time to spend on their plants as they would like.

Care Tips

Beaucarnea recurvata

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.


The Ponytail Palm prefers to have as much natural light as possible. Place in a bright location where it will receive plenty of indirect sunlight.


The bulbous stem of the Ponytail Palm naturally stores water making it a drought tolerant plant. We suggest watering once every 2-3 weeks and allowing the soil to drain and dry.


Native to the arid climate of Eastern Mexico, the Ponytail Palm prefers temperatures above 65º F.


A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

Fun Facts

  1. Beginner Friendly: Ponytail Palm are perfect for houseplant beginners because of their resilient and forgiving nature. Although we recommend to keep an eye on this unique plant, the Ponytail Palm will be just fine even if you missed a watering or two. Just be careful not over water the Ponytail Palm which can lead to stem rot and yellowing leaves.
  2. Has A Natural Water Reserve: he bulbous trunk of the Ponytail Palm acts as a natural water reservoir allowing it to last several weeks without watering.
  3. It’s A Succulent: Despite its name and palm-like appearance, the Ponytail Palm is neither palm nor tree. In fact, it is related to the desert plants in the Agave and Yucca families and is actually a succulent!
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