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Xerophyllum tenax
Common Name: Bear Grass Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Xerophyllum tenax
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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 is actually from the lily family. 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.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeLate Spring 
Spread8-12'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Full - Part Sun Sun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-8  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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