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Nolina recurvata

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Nolina recurvata Polytail Palm, Elephants Foot,
Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting, Indoor Plants, Palms, Ferns & Tropical, Trees Irregular Shape, Upright

Commonly called the Ponytail Palm, this unique plant is popular in gardens, pots and indoors. Nolina recurvata is a distinctive plant with it's swollen brown trunk at the base (which cleverly holds water) and long narrow wavy dark green foliage protruding from the top of trunk resembling a waterfall. Does not flower often. Prefers bright light. Grows slowly to approx. 4m tall. Also known as Beaucarnea recurvata.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
2-4m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Balcony / Roof, Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Courtyard, Feature, Indoor Plant, Low Water Garden, Rockery, Tropical Garden, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Asparagaceae SouthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Cream, White
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Summer
Fruit: Insignificant

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Slow
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: High
Wind: Medium / Moderate