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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Nolina microcarpa-Bear Grass

For sheer ease of maintenance, it is hard to find a better plant than Bear grass. This clean accent plant is a great choice for planting around water features. Native to the Southwest, this grasslike plant forms a clump to five feet tall by seven feet wide. The long, slender green leaves are leathery, with finely toothed margins. The leaf tips fray to form highly ornamental white curlicues. In the summer it sends up a tall stalk of greenish flowers. Bear grass is adapted to -15 F, tolerates full sun or part shade exposures, and requires well-drained soil. USDA Zone 5.  

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