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Xerophyllum tenax


Xerophyllum tenax or bear grass is an amazing BC native with white hot torches arising from tough evergreen mounds of grass-like foliage.

Xerophyllum tenax or bear grass is a spectactular BC native plant that remains uncommon in cultivation, probably because it can take some time to reach flowering size. Bear grass looks like a grass but it is a beautiful flowering plant. Its fine, shiny, toothed grass-like foliage forms an attractive evergreen mound. Its dramatic cone-shaped flower spikes can reach six feet in height. The flowers are creamy-white and fragrant. Evenly moist, well-drained soil in part shade to sun.

Common Name: Bear Grass

Family: Melianthaceae (The Honeybush Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-8

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Late Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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