WHAT IS BEARGRASS?

Lynn Sherrod Lynn_Sherrod%UT_TYLER at notes.worldcom.com
Wed Nov 9 08:40:07 EST 1994


In response to fernando at autom.etsiig.unvovi.es, in the SW US, beargrass is the 
common name applied to various species of Yucca and Nolina, members of the 
Liliaceae.  They are native to desert areas, growing best in alkaline soils.  
The leaves are very fibrous, stiff, and sharp-pointed and are probably not 
useful for ornamental purposes.  The plants are perennial and send up a very 
tall flowering spike with large, fleshy flowers.  They are pollinated by 
moths.  The leaves have been used for weaving baskets and making rope because 
of their fibrous nature.

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