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Bigelow's Tree Beargrass

Nolina bigelovii

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Succulents
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, wasps
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
8-10' × 3-5'
Flowering Season May-June
Flower Color Cream
Minimum Temperature Range 10 °F
Leaf Description Flexible, bluish green, with fine edges that cut like paper.
Fruit Winged, papery, capsules
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Description In Arizona this species is found only in the westernmost counties along the Colorado river. Bigelow's tree beargrass thrives on rocky, arid slopes where it slowly develops its distinctive trunk. The thin, rough leaves form grassy bunches at the growing tip, and the trunk winds up covered in a thatch of dead foliage. Given time to grow these plants can form an incredible specimen, and centerpiece for a xeriscape. Plant in a space with great drainage, a mounded planting area can be ideal. Surround with rocks, cacti, succulents, and wildflowers for maximum effect. The true delight is the impressive cream colored flowerstalk of this plant which appears in late spring and early summer.