Nolina microcarpaItem #4781 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 11
Shaggy, clumping grass growing from underground stems. Narrow leaves have curly threads at the end of each leaf point. Creamy, white flowers on terminal stalks rise above the foliage in early summer. Native to the higher elevations of the Southwest, this hardy, drought tolerant perennial will survive considerable dry cold. Great for stabilizing hillsides and median plantings.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing 3 to 6 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide.Special features:Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Early summerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleRustic
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Allow to dry between waterings. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus Nolina was named after the 18th Century French botanist, Nolin. Originally classified within the Agavaceae family, Nolina microcarpa among others have since been separated into the Nolinaceae, a monocotyledonous family of succulent plants that includes the four genera Beaucarnea, Calibanus, Dasylirion, and Nolina. Found in the Southwestern U.S.A., Mexico and Guatemala, many members of the Nolinaceae are characterized by stout succulent caudexes or swollen trunks storing water and food reserves, while supporting relatively thin, wiry leaves. Nolina microcarpa is native to high grasslands and forests (3500 - 5500ft) of southern Arizona to western Texas and into Mexico. Unlike most Agaves, all members of the family Nolinaceae are polycarpic and dioecious, with decorative spikes of numerous small creamy-white flowers, sometimes tinged with pink or purple.