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3 Houseplants for Water Conservationists

3. Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea recurvata is not a true palm, but it does look like a ponytail on steroids. When the top isnít cut, the single stem can reach several feet in height like Christaís 4-foot-tall plant. The caudex, resembling the foot of a pachyderm, takes on an interesting, crackled texture.

Did you spot what all three of these plants have in common? Theyíre caudiciform plants, also known as Fat Plants. A caudex is a short, thick, stem that may be swollen because thatís where it stores water. These are just three examples, but there are many more interesting caudiciform plants that you can grow. Plants that normally store water in a caudex donít need as frequent watering, and are likely to survive prolonged periods of dryness when you go on vacation, or just simply forget to water.

What houseplants do you recommend for indoor gardeners who donít want to waste water?


Photo Credit: Maja Dumat,


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5:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

thank you

1:18AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks for sharing the wonderful plant ideas.

12:50PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Great plants,Thanks for sharing

3:11PM PST on Jan 15, 2013


7:11AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Interesting article,
Thank You for sharing

1:24PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

good advice; like the general information that can help me decide what plants to buy.

12:27AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I love the look of the ponytail palm. I'll have to see if I can get one.

11:17PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

thanks for the info

8:32AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012


7:55AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Nice. Thanks.

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