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plantidote of the Day 2011-11-11

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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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Submitted by JoeInSF on

Very cool. At first, I thought this plant was in the Mojave desert, but then I looked closer and saw the street light and lawn. Don't always go with first impressions.
Thanks for my daily plantidote.

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Submitted by twig on

This is actually at UCLA, just off one of the main thoroughfares. There's a botanical garden there that is one of the best-kept secrets in LA. If you ever come down this way, I highly recommend it -- a wonderful collection of Mediterranean and tropical plants. You'll probably experience deja vu, since many of them have been featured in Plantidote!!