Plant of the month: Ponytail Palm

  • Ponytail palms make an interesting addition to a xeriscape garden. (gardenia.net/via Diana Duff)

  • White flower plumes on a ponytail plant identify the tree as male. (Kim & Forest Starr/Courtesy photo)

As we move into some drier winter weather, you might want to consider putting in a few drought tolerant plants. The ponytail palm, which is not botanically a palm, is a fun one to consider. It is a very hardy specimen with a remarkable growth habit. Sometimes known as elephant foot it grows from a large swollen base into a slender trunk topped with a fountain of long thin green leaves.