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Bear Grass

Xerophyllum tenax

Description:

Kinda looks like asparagus. The ones in the photo are about two feet high, and a quarter inch in diameter. Not edible but the leaves are great for basket weaving and the roots chewed and applied as a poultice stops bleeding.

Habitat:

Mountain meadow

Notes:

Found on the top of Mailbox Peak in the Washington Cascades near Seattle.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Beargrass!
Xerophyllum tenax Xerophyllum tenax


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7 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Great shot!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Lovely picture,

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago

Beargrass, Xerophyllum tenax
http://www.wnps.org/landscaping/herbariu...

AngelChandler
AngelChandler 9 years ago

Not edible but the leaves are great for basket weaving and the roots chewed and applied as a poultice stops bleeding. It's a great plant to be able to recognize in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Beargrass! Guess it's not edible, then? ;-) Interesting info on the wiki about this plant though.

AngelChandler
AngelChandler 9 years ago

One of my favorite plants!!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Nice spotting! It does look like asparagus. Wonder if it's a wild species?

michael.donatz
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michael.donatz

Washington, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012

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