plantidote of the Day 2011-11-11
Nolina recurvata or Beaucarnea recurvata
Pony-tail palm, bottle palm, elephant foot tree
I'm not absolutely positive that this tree is ID'd correctly, so feel free to correct me -- again :-) If it is a pony tail palm, then it's not actually a palm, but a member of the agave family.
Pony-tail palm is an easy to grow plant, indoors or out. Just make sure it gets some sun and not too much water. Older plants can survive below freezing temperatures, but Zones 9 through 11 are where these plants thrive.
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