Common Names: Bear Grass,

Botanical names: Xerophyllum tenax, zee-ro-FY-lum TEN-ax

Availability: Year round. Beargrass is harvested in late June through early fall.

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Long, narrow grasslike leaves up to 3 feet in length. These leaves are tough and leathery with a smooth texture.

Color: Green

Botanical facts: Native to the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains. Common relatives include asparagus, daylily, tulip, hyacinth and lily.

Design notes: The long, narrow leaves can add a beautiful draping feature to floral designs.

Purchasing hints: Purchase leaves which are fresh, flexible and well hydrated.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Beargrass has cultural significance for many Indigenous peoples of North America, who have traditionally used it for basket weaving, ceremonial practices, and as a medicinal plant for treating various ailments.

Video Demonstration:

Rustic Woodland Arrangement