Nolina erumpens (Torr.) S. Watson
Foothill beargrass, Mesa sacahuista
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: NOER
The large, woody basal stems of foothill bear-grass grow in a clump and produce long, course-bladed, yucca-like leaves. A 4-8 ft. flower stalk, partially or entirely enclosed within the foliage, bears flowers in a large, rosy cluster.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Native Distribution: S.c. & w. TX to n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Brushland arroyos & rocky places in Trans-Pecos
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone or clayey, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Can get too big and aggressive for small sites. Drought-tolerant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Used as foundation for baskets.
Use Wildlife: Hiding and nesting for birds.
Use Medicinal: Used for Soap.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Take individual offshoots from mature plants in winter. Plant seeds in cold frame or greenhouse in late January (cool weather). Seedlings do best if transplanted into 4-6 inch pots and given light shade the first season.
Seed Collection: Collect seeds when pod or capsule begins to dry. Spread seeds in thin layer and dry at room temperature. Store in sealed, refrigerated containers from up to one year.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nolina erumpens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nolina erumpens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nolina erumpens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff