Blue beargrass tree

Nolina nelsonii

Photo/Illustration: 
Tony Avent
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Blue beargrass tree (Nolina nelsonii)
Synonyms:  Beaucarnea spp.
Genus:  Nolina
This yucca-like Mexican plant has bold bluish leaves to 3 feet long that have tiny serrations on the edges. It makes a stunning accent in the garden or in a container. It is hardy to 10°F and extremely drought tolerant. Thousands of tiny white flowers bloom on a 4-foot stalk on mature clumps.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Tolerates moderate freezes. Sculptural architectural presence. Good foliage color. Low maintenance.
Care:  Full sun or a little shade in extremely fast draining soil. Needs regular water in summer, less in fall, and little or none in winter. If growing in a container, use a potting mix formulated for cacti and do not overwater.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 64 to 70°F, or root offsets in spring.
Problems:  Spider mites and scale insects indoors. Various fungal spots and stems rots can occur, as can bacterial leaf streak and bacterial soft rot.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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