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Nolina brittoniana - Britton's Beargrass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Southeast US (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Nolina brittoniana (Britton's Beargrass) A long-lived clump forming perennial that grows from a short, thick, subterranean caudex from which emerges a rosette of 3 to 4 foot long narrow green grass-like leaves. The youngest central leaves are upright at first and gradually lay over with the oldest nearly flat to the ground. In early to mid-spring arises a solitary inflorescence 4 to 5 feet tall topped by a branched panicle bearing many tiny white flowers, which can be male, female or complete (of both sexes), often followed by abundant winged capsules. Plant in full sun in a very well-drained soil and irrigate sparingly. Hardy to around 20F. An interesting plant rarely seen in California gardens that should make an attractive addition to the dry meadow. Britton's Beargrass is endemic to central peninsular Florida, where it can be found growing in scrub, sandhill, scrubby flatwoods, and xeric hammock habitats that are often kept free of woody plants by frequent wildfires. It is federally listed as an endangered species as more than 90% of its original habitat has been lost due to agriculture and development. Our plants grown from seed off of cultivated plants.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Nolina brittoniana.