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Nolina nelsonii
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Nolina nelsonii

Nelson's Blue Bear Grass

Item #: 1484

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Height: 144" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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From the Mexican state of Tamaulipas comes this really cool and far-out bear grass (a little Deadhead gardener lingo). Mature architectural specimens of Nolina nelsonii resemble giant ponytail palms, with rigid but not sharp, pointed, 3' long x 1" wide, silvery blue-green, grass-like foliage. When the 10'-12' tall deer-resistant clumps mature, a 4' tall bloom stalk will rocket forth with thousands of tiny white flowers! To quote the redneck pick-up line, it resembles a parking ticket, because it has "fine" written all over it.