Ponytail palm

Beaucarnea recurvata

The Ponytail Palm, also known as the Nolina, is an incredibly distinctive-looking houseplant with endearing qualities. It’s also quite low maintenance - bonus! Ponytail palm has a thick brown stem at its base, which is uses to store water. And its stunning long narrow curly, dark green leaves flow up from the base like a plume of water in a fountain - or a swishy ponytail, get it?

But, don’t let the name mislead you: ponytail palms aren’t actually palms at all, and are more closely related to lilies. But they need the kind of care you’d give a cactus or succulent, which makes it super easy care. Comes in a 12cm pot.

Choose your perfectly fitted pot

St. Lucia planter (13.5cm)
Cape Town planter
New York planter
Mystery Pot (14cm)
Mystery Pot (13cm)

How to care for your Ponytail palm

Native habitat

The ponytail palm originates from semi-desert areas of Southern Mexico.

Light and position in the home

Needs bright, indirect light. If it is in shade half the time, it will probably manage just about OK but the more natural light you can give it, the better it will fare.

Watering and humidity

This is practically a desert plant. Allow the soil to dry out significantly between waterings. The globose caudex (bulbous trunk) is used to store water in prolonged periods of drought.

Ponytail palm

Facts & Stats

Botanical Name

Beaucarnea recurvata



Plant Type


Pet Safe




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