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Beaucarnea gracilis

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Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Beaucarnea (bow-KAR-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)

Synonym:Beaucarnea oedipus
Synonym:Dasylirion gracile
Synonym:Nolina gracilis
Synonym:Nolina histrix

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Category:
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On Mar 5, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Has typical 'elephant foot' swollen, ornamental base and has thin, wispy slight recurved leaves- much thinner than other 'beaucarnia'-like plants. Looks a lot like Beaucarnea stricta, but has a much thicker head of slightly thinner leaves that droop a bit (B stricta leaves don't droop at all are are wider). Also this one doesnt' tent to have quite the exaggerated fissured trunk that B stricta has.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
San Diego, California
Brooksville, Florida
Orange Park, Florida



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