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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Nolina erumpens (Torr.) S. Watson
Foothill beargrass, Mesa sacahuista
USDA Symbol: NOER
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: TX 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
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
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:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TXNPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff