Nolina microcarpa

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantPart Shade
Nolina microcarpa

Beargrass is a lovely, evergreen, grass-like succulent. It blooms in early summer on tall spikes. The tiny white flowers attract butterflies and a large number of beneficial insects. Long, slender leaves are glossy-green, with finely toothed margins. The leaf tips fray and are highly ornamental. Great choice for an accent plant because of its textural interest and ease of maintenance. Native to the higher elevations of the Southwest, this hardy, drought tolerant perennial will survive considerable dry cold.

Sends up a tall stalk of greenish white flowers in summer
Attracts butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects
Great for stabilizing hillsides and median plantings
This accent plant is a great choice for planting around water features
The leaf tips fray to form highly ornamental white curlicues

Native Range

Rocky, well-drained slopes; dry plains; 3000 to 6500 ft.

Interesting Facts

In spite of its name, this is not a true grass but a succulent member of the lily family. It has been utilized to construct baskets by Native Americans.


Low maintenance, prune occasionaly to rejuvenate older plants.

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Wide x 4-6ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 6-11

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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