Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Blue Nolina, Nelson's Bear Grass
Nolina nelsonii

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Nolina (no-LEE-na) (Info)
Species: nelsonii (nel-SON-ee-eye) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Dec 24, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a really attractive Nolina with exceptionally blue leaves. It makes a small tree with time that is topped with a dense head of wide, blue, smooth, straight relatively user-friendly leaves. Great for desert landscaping. Another Mexican native


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Arcadia, California
Hesperia, California
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Driftwood, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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