Nolina bigelovii, Beargrass

Nolina bigelovii

Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Dracaenaceae / Liliaceae / Agavaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunDry conditionsModerate water

Nolina bigelovii (Beargrass) is a large shrub, native to Mexico, that can reach 5-10 feet tall. It is tolerated by both hot and cold climates, as it is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11. The bloom stalks carrying clusters of small creamy-white flowers can reach up to 10ft, rising above the leaves. In order to thrive and reach a height of its potential, this plant requires full sun and moderate water. However, the plant can survive in dry conditions and does not require too much water once established.

This hearty plant is low maintenance, easily able to tolerate a minimum of care. During the growth period, it is important to keep the soil evenly moist and mulch to conserve soil moisture when needed. If growing Nolina bigelovii in a pot, care should be taken in colder regions such as moving it to a sheltered area if frost is expected. It can be fertilized once in the spring with a balanced slow release fertilizer that caters to shrubs and trees. Pruning is also recommended to maintain the shape of the plant, however it should be done shortly after the blooming period.

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