Nolina parryi

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Nolina parryi
Nolina parryi

Species Name: Nolina parryi
Common Name: Parry's Nolina

Similar to yucca but with more flexible leaves. Creamy white flowers on very tall stalks. Good as an accent or mass planted in desert gardens.

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-6' H x 10-15' W
Growth Habit: Dense rosettes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 2700-3600'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Highlands of Sierra Nevada, Western Transverse Ranges, Eastern San Bernardino Mts, Peninsular Ranges, Desert Mtns
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, ridges

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Similar to [Nolina bigelovii] with rather thick slightly serrated leaves. From the desert side of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains. Balled, $1.50."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.