Nolina

 

Nolina is a small genus of Agave relatives native mostly from southwestern USA and Mexico. The genus is named after C.P. Nolin, an 18th century French agricultural writer. They have rosettes with hundreds of leaves, either stemless or at the top of a woody trunk up to 15 feet tall (4.5 m). Nolinas are xerophytes, generally not considered succulents.

Nolinas are dioecious (there are male and female plants). They produce large quantities of tiny cream-colored flowers on a paniculate inflorescence. Flowers are followed by tiny 2 or 3-seeded fruit that open and drop their seeds when ripe. Nolina do not die after blooming like Agave would.

All Nolinas tolerate at least 20F (-7C) and often much colder temperatures.

Species and varieties
Nolina bigelovii (Beargrass)
Nolina longifolia (Mexican Grass Tree)
Nolina matapensis (Tree Beargrass)
Nolina microcarpa (Beargrass, Sawgrass, Sacahuista)
Nolina nelsoni (Blue Beargrass Tree, Tree Sacahuista)
Nolina parryi (Parry's Beargrass)
Nolina bigelovii var. wolfii synonym of Nolina parryi (Parry's Beargrass)
Nolina bigelovii ssp. parryi synonym of Nolina parryi (Parry's Beargrass)
Nolina nelsonii synonym of Nolina nelsoni (Blue Beargrass Tree, Tree Sacahuista)
Nolina parryi ssp. wolfii synonym of Nolina parryi (Parry's Beargrass)
Nolina recurvata synonym of Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm)
Nolina stricta synonym of Beaucarnea stricta (Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm)
Nolina wolfii synonym of Nolina parryi (Parry's Beargrass)

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