Bear Grass is a member of the nolina
family (which also includes the Desert Spoon), though it resembles a large, tuft of coarse
The long leaves are rough and grow to a length of 4 feet, but lack the
sharp spines which are present on other species of agave. The plant
typically occupies rocky slopes and hillsides between 3000 - 6500 feet
Native Americans used the bud
stalks of Bear Grass for food.
Bear Grass blooms in late spring, sending up a tall
flower stalk which may grow as high as 8 feet. The stalk bears a dense
plume of small white flowers.