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Nolina bigelovii

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Species Name: Nolina bigelovii
Common Name: Bigelow's Nolina

This long-lived yucca-like plants makes a nice accent in drought-tolerant gardens. Beautiful head of white flowers on elongated stalk rises from the center of the plant.

Plant Family: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Rosettes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Desert mountains, Sonoran Desert
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes and ridges. Elevation 900' - 4,500'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A yucca-like plant with long narrow gray green leaves crowded in a rosette at the ground. Throws up a tall stem with large panicle of greenish white flowers. From the mountains bordering the Colorado Desert. Balled, $1.50."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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