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Nolina nelsonii (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)
Nolina nelsonii (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)

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Zones 5, 8, 9, 11-24
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Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Nolina nelsonii

Nelson’s Blue Bear Grass
Cacti and succulents, Perennials


Accent plants with tough, grassy leaves usually about 3 ft. long, typically on a thick trunk. In spring or summer, 3–4-ft. stalks rise from the center of the foliage rosette, carrying tiny greenish or creamy white flowers. Plants are valued for their strong vertical silhouette rather than their blossoms. Good for desert or other dry landscapes.

Nolina nelsonii

Native to Mexico. Long, narrow, gray-green to powdery blue leaves with toothed edges. Grows to 10 ft. tall and 4–5 ft. wide. Distinctive accent.

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