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Nolina texana (Texas Sacahuista)

Texas Sacahuista, Texas Beargrass, Basket Grass, Sacahuista, Bunchgrass, Nolina affinis, Nolina texana var. compacta


Suitable for both shady and sunny gardens, Nolina texana (Texas Sacahuista) is a very ornamental evergreen perennial forming a thick mound of grass-like foliage. Up to 4 ft. long (120 cm), the strong, smooth, dark green leaves have been used in basket making. In spring and early summer, dense vertical clusters, 18 in. long (45 cm), packed with pinkish cream-colored blooms are borne atop short stems. They do not rise above the foliage and are almost hidden within the leaves. They attract butterflies and are followed by 3-lobed fruits. Slow-growing but low maintenance, heat, cold and drought tolerant, Texas Sacahuista is a graceful, evergreen garden accent that complements almost any other plant and provides texture and structure in winter.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 2-4 ft. wide (60-120 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Once established it is highly drought tolerant.
  • Great for xeriscape gardens, rock gardens, banks and slopes, containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed. Take individual offshoots from mature plants in winter. Plant seeds in cold frame or greenhouse in late January (cool weather).
  • Native to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas. Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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