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Xerophyllum tenax

Bear Grass, Indian Basket Grass
Liliaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

Native from sea level to subalpine areas of the western U.S. Tough, wiry, grasslike leaves grow from deep, fibrous roots to form clumps 2–3 ft. tall and wide; foliage is olive green. In early summer, a tall stalk rises from the center of each clump to produce a poker-shaped inflorescence packed with small, creamy white, star-shaped blooms. Fibrous roots and leaves were used for traditional weaving.

Bear grass takes a few years to reach the flowering stage and may not bloom reliably in the garden, but its attractive evergreen foliage is reason enough to grow it.

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