The Ponytail Palm, also known as Beaucarnea Recurvata, or Nolina is a distinctive looking houseplant with a swollen thick brown stem at its base that stores water. The long narrow curly, dark green leaves flow up from this base much like a plume of water in a fountain.
It hails natively from the dry regions of Mexico, and the ability to hold water in the bulbous trunk is an adaptation of coming from such an arid place.
These are super tactile plants and the leaves just invite you to run your fingers through them. The good news is that they’ll put up with a bit of affection like this from time to time and they’re not toxic to people or animals.
Beaucarnea Recurvata is one of the best air purifying plants. In addition to converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, this species further cleans the indoor air by absorbing toxic pollutants and gases.
Growing ponytail palms in the home is easy. Technically, a ponytail palm tree needs bright light, but because it is such a forgiving plant, it will be okay if you give it bright light about half the time. In fact, if you keep it in low light conditions half the year and provide bright light conditions the other half the year, it will be perfectly happy.