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Where does beargrass grow?
The common beargrass plant is a wild native in the Pacific Northwest up into British Columbia and southwest to Alberta. Beargrass in gardens has a striking perennial presence with its large fluffy flower heads and arching foliage. It is also quite easy to grow with high frost tolerance and low nutrient needs.
How do you plant Bear Grass?
Sowing: 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.
What is Bear Grass used for?
Native Americans have long used Bear-grass for a variety of purposes. Leaves were used for basket weaving, leaf fibers for clothing and the rhizomes roasted for food. Eastern prairie tribes boiled the roots for a hair tonic and the treatment for sprains. Elk and deer forage on the flower stalks.
Is Bear Grass edible?
Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) rhizomes are thick and tuberous, and edible when roasted or boiled. found on dry slopes/ridges or forest clearings.
Why is it called bear grass?
The plant was first called beargrass by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, 19th century explorers of western America. At that time "Bear grass" was a common name for yucca (commonly called soapweed today), which bears a superficial resemblance to beargrass.
Is Bear Grass poisonous?
Bear Grass species grow wild throughout the southern and western parts of the United States and many are also cultivated for ornamental use in bouquets. Bear Grass can be mildly toxic to dogs with symptoms of vomiting and gastrointestinal upset.
Does bear grass bloom every year?
Rhizomes and seeds help create dense fields of beargrass. Folklore suggests beargrass blooms every five to seven years and in some locations that is true. However, beargrass in other locations blooms every year or every ten years. Flowering depends on site-specific conditions–particularly moisture and light.
What does bear grass smell like?
Flower fragrance varies; one study reported that one-fifth of bear grass flowers in their sample had a sweet smell like cultivated lilacs, while the others smelled “musty-acrid.” The one now blooming in my yard is, thankfully, the former, although not as sweet as lilacs.
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