beargrass Liliaceae Nolina
texana S. Watson symbol: NOTE
Leaf: Evergreen, flexible and strap-like, up to 4 feet long and 1/4 inches wide, glossy green on both surfaces, the leaf margins armed with red-brown prickles, tips not pointed but frayed.
Flower: Species is dioecious, but may have some perfect flowers; white, born in dense clusters 10 inches tall on a short stalk, appearing late spring to mid-summer.
Fruit: Small oval 3-parted capsules, drying to gray-brown, 1/4 inch.
Form: Dense, mounded clumps of leaves that reach 3 feet in height on a short trunk.
Additional Range Information: Nolina texana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting beargrass.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654