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Ponytail Palm

The “Ponytail Palm tree” is really not a palm at all. It is a member of the Lilaceae (lily family), and is known by several names.  It has earned the name “elephant’s foot” because of its bulbous base. Because of its base and thin trunk some people call it a bottle palm.  Native to the desert of Mexico it is somewhat of a curious landscaping plant outdoors on the patio or indoors.  A sturdy plant can be used as a single specimen usually in containers 14 inches or larger, or planted in several 6- to 10-inch pots to appear more bushlike.  Single specimens, range in height from 6 to 18 feet tall.  What makes the “Pony tail plant” unique is its large base and head of pendulous, smooth-edged flat leaves, There are NO TWO specimens alike.