Beargrass

Xerophyllum tenax

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  • Beargrass | Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) Photo: USFS
  • Beargrass | Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) Photo: USFS
  • Beargrass | Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) Photo: USFS
  • Beargrass | Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) Photo: USFS
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Basic Information

Other names

Western turkeybeard, Bear lily, Pine lily, Elk grass, Squaw grass,Turkeybeard

Order

Liliales

Family

Melanthiaceae

Size

3-6 ft

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Grasslike

Blooming Season

May-August

Bloom Color

White

Attracts

Mountain Goat food source

Beargrass Habitat

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) thrives in from thick forests to subalpine ridges.

Beargrass Facts

Native Americans used it's tough fiberous leaves to weave baskets. It is the iconic plant of Glacier National Park. It is also known as squaw grass, soap grass, quip-quip, and Indian basket grass. Beargrass can survive periodic fires, infact it is often the first plant to flower after an area is burned.

Beargrass Distribution



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