Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) - 50 Seeds

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Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) - 50 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•US Native Wildflower
•Perennial
•USDA Zones: 3-10

Description:
Bear grass, also called turkey beard, is one of two species of North American plants constituting the genus Xerophyllum. A hardy mountain plant, this native flower flourishes in the high altitudes of the western United States. Native Americans once used the reed-like leaves for basket weaving, which were known for their whiteness and resilient strength. Bear grass grows naturally in a variety of conditions—in cool, moist meadows and bogs, and mixed-coniferous forest openings in most of western Washington and Oregon, coastal areas of northern and central California, northern Idaho, parts of British Columbia and Montana, and a snippet of Wyoming.


Planting Instructions:
Direct sow in late fall, planting the bear grass seed just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 14-16 weeks before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. Seedlings must have well-drained soil that is allowed to dry out between watering. This plant grows best in rocky, well-draining soil but also tolerates sandy or poor soil. Young plants may eventually grow from rhizomes. Blooming may occur irregularly every few years.


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