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March 2016 Plant of the Month – Ponytail Palm

Ponytail PalmThe March 2016 Plant of the Month is Beaucarnea recurvate.  The characteristics of this unusual looking plant include a bulbous trunk and long hair-like leaves that grow out from the top of the trunk, giving it the common name “Ponytail Palm.”

Ponytail Palm is not actually a palm at all; it is a member of the Agave family, a succulent.  Ponytail Palms are easy to care for, requiring very little water. The Ponytail Palm likes bright light but will tolerate periods of lower light conditions and is a fun to addition to an interior scape for its unusual shape and easy nature.

Ponytail Palms are native to eastern Mexico where they can grow to 15 feet tall and have been known to live as long as 350 years.

This plant is on display in various locations in the Airport including the Converge Room and the Reflection Room in the International Terminal, the Director’s office and the arrivals level of Terminal 2 near Courtyard 2.