Nolina microcarpa

Beargrass (sacahuista)


A wonderful evergreen, grass-like succulent, Beargrass blooms in early summer with tall spikes of tiny white flowers. Nolina microcarpa is a drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early to mid-summer
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot


A wonderful evergreen, grass-like succulent, Nolina microcarpa (commonly known as Beargrass) blooms in early summer with tall spikes clustered at the ends with thousands of tiny white flowers. Deep rooted and very xeric, Beargrass makes an excellent ornamental grass substitute for especially harsh, hot planting sites. Very long lived, plants will eventually form multi-headed specimens on short woody trunks.
Common Name Beargrass (sacahuista)
Botanical Name Nolina microcarpa
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 6-7' tall
Mature Spread 4-6' wide
Bloom Time Early to mid-summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise, Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert, Coastal California
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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Love this grass


from Santa Fe, NM

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  • Accurate Instructions
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    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Xeric

    Comments about High Country Gardens Nolina microcarpa:

    I really like the texture & hardiness of this grass.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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