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Products > Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata - Bottle Palm
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Nolinoidae (Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Nolina recurvata]
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Beaucarnea recurvata (Bottle Palm) - Often seen as a houseplant, but it can reach 30 feet tall outdoors. Base of the trunk is swollen with 3 foot long leaves that form clumps at the ends of the branches and droop down. Flowers occasionally once plants mature and then in late spring or summer. The small cream-colored flowers are held in a 2 foot tall pyramidal-shaped inflorescence at the branch tips and are sometimes followed by reddish winged fruit. Plant in full sun outdoors and good light indoors, water deeply and infrequently. 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.”  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Beaucarnea recurvata.