Ponytail Palms look like a plant straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. These thick trunks produce a matching "ponytail" of grassy green foliage at the top. The leaves twist and curl as they cascade, resembling human hair.
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Ponytail Palms look like a plant straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. These thick trunks produce a matching "ponytail" of grassy green foliage at the top. The leaves twist and curl as they cascade, resembling human hair. Ponytail Palms may look silly but they're no joke in terms of how easily they are to take care of. Ponytail Palms like to stay mostly dry, and occasionally need water. They prefer bright indirect or some bright direct light, and a well draining soil. These entertaining plants do well in small containers staying root bound. As part of the Agave family, The Ponytail Palm does well indoors when given bright indirect or some direct light. They prefer to stay fairly dry, and can sometimes be found in the cactus or succulent sections of garden centers because they despise staying wet. These Seussical trees stay fairly compact when kept as houseplants because the container holds back their growth and development. The Ponytail Palm likes to stay rootbound, and do well as an accent plant or focal point in a room.
History and introduction of Ponytail Palms:
Native to eastern Mexico, Ponytail Palms are not closely related to other palms. True palms are found in the Arecaceae family, whereas Ponytail Palms are a part of the Asparagaceae family, and is more closely related to Agave than true palms. As a result of being in a family with cactus and succulents, the Ponytail Palms prefer to stay very dry with infrequent watering. Ponytails need a lot of bright light, several hours a day of bright, indirect or direct light is necessary. In Mexico, there are Ponytail Palms that are registered at a whopping 350 years old. These plants tend to grow very slowly, and are incredibly drought tolerant. Ponytail Palms store water in their swollen trunks. Beaucarnea recurvata is the Latin name for Ponytail Palm. Genus name, Beaucarnea, is of uncertain origin, while recurvata means curved backwards.