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Beargrass, Sawgrass, Sacahuista
Scientific Name: Nolina microcarpa S. Wats.
Family: Agavaceae
Beargrass, Sawgrass, Sacahuista (Nolina  microcarpa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-13
USDA: 6-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to -10F (-23C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southwestern USA (Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, southern Nevada), northwestern Mexico (Sonora) usually from 3000 to 6500 feet (900-2000 m)

Growth Habits: Evergreen grass-like plant, fast growing up to 5' (1.5 m) tall, with flowering stalks to 8' (2.4 m)

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established

Propagation: Seeds, offsets

This Nolina has a large woody underground caudex. Native Americans used beargrass foliage to weave baskets and mats and ate the flower stalks and caudex raw, boiled, or roasted. It is also used as a substitute for broom straw in the production of corn brooms.

Blooming Habits:
Tall flower spikes in May-June

Fruiting Habits:


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