Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 5b
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Pollinators: Various insects

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Location: Bitterroot Mountains, IdahoDate: 7-2-14
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Location: Bitterroot Mountains, IdahoDate: 7-2-14
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Location: Bitterroot Mountains, IdahoDate: 7-2-14
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Location: Bitterroot Mountains, IdahoDate: 7-2-14
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Location: Mount Rainier National Park.Date: 2014-07-12Photo courtesy of: J.Brew
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Location: Bear-grass (Xerophyllum tenax) Olympic National Park Three Lakes TrailDate: 2010-07-24Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Location: Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National ParkDate: 2014-08-29Photo courtesy of: J.Brew
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Location: Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National ParkDate: 2014-08-29Photo courtesy of: J.Brew
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Location: Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National ParkDate: 2014-08-29Photo courtesy of: J.Brew
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Location: Faraway Rock, Mount Rainier National ParkDate: 2014-07-13Photo courtesy of: J.Brew
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Comments:
Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Aug 15, 2014 2:04 PM

Native in the Pacific Northwest, found in open areas to fairly dense forests. Bears eat the fleshy leaves, which were also used to make hats, baskets and capes. This plant is difficult to cultivate and should not be removed from the wild.

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