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Products > Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' PP14,650
Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' PP14,650 - Variegated Bottle Palm

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Nolinaceae (~Agavaceae)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Nolina 'Gold Star']
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' PP14,650 (Variegated Bottle Palm) - This variegated Bottle Palm, or Pony Tail Palm as it is commonly called is not a palm at all but is actually a woody lily, more closely related to the agaves and yuccas. It is a stunning plant with a swollen base that develops over time and has a tuft of narrow green leaves with creamy yellow margins that have red tinges. We are not sure of the ultimate size of this plant though believe it should prove considerably smaller than the typical non-variegated Bottle Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata - some even speculate that this plant may actually be a selection of Beaucarnea guatemalensis, which is slower and smaller growing. Plant in full sun outdoors and good light indoors, water deeply and infrequently. Great for pots. This plant does much better in full sun than in shade or indoors. The first crops of this plant tried in the US were for interior plantings and in this situation the plants are floppy, week and etiolated but when grown in full sun they are compact and have good color. This plant holds US Plant Patent 14,650. It was discovered in 1996 as a plant mutation of Beaucarnea recurvata in the greenhouse of Cornelis Johannes Janssen in Honselersdijk, The Netherlands and is being marketed by Fachjan Project Plants of The Netherlands. Some have combined Beaucarnea into the related genus, Nolina, but we follow the treatment noted by Colin Walker in “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons” (edited by Urs Eggli, Springer, 2001) He notes that “Rowley considered Beaucarnea and Calibanus to be synonymous with Nolina. However the cpDNA data strongly indicates that Beaucarnea and Calibanus are closely related but distinct from Nolina. .. Nolina, with 3-locular ovaries, is considered basal to the other genera. Like Dasylirion, Beaucarnea has 3-winged 1 locular nutlets.”  This description is based on our research and our observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We always appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' PP 14,650 .