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Scientific Name:
Xerophyllum tenax
Mature Height:
Five feet

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Xerophyllum tenax

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Beargrass can be found in subalpine meadows and coastal mountains throughout the Pacific Northwest, extending from British Columbia to northern California and eastward to Alberta and northwestern Wyoming.

It can grow up to five feet tall and has wiry, grass-like leaves at the base of the stalk with a cluster of small, dense white flowers at the top. A single plant may have numerous basal rosettes on a common root system and each rosette only blooms once. Abundant plant blooming requires ideal amounts of spring rainfall and moisture present in the soil and back-to-back blooming is rare. It can begin in late May in lower elevations and continue into August in the high country.

Bears do not eat the plant, but they will use leaves as bedding in their dens. Sheep, deer, elk, and goats are known to eat beargrass.

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  • 4
    Good start

    Posted by Diane Schairer on 19th Mar 2022

    The best grass starts I received had good foliage. The roots were packed in nice moist, rich soil. I didn’t receive planting directions. I know we’re I see beargrass in mountains but I’m not sure how that translates to my yard, so I’ll see if they make it. (I see them on sunny slopes, but usually up high. So I’m not sure if my sunny front yard will work or be too harsh. Directions would have been nice.)