Nolina matapensis

  • nolina matapensis

This plant is available in 5 gallon and 15 gallon sizes at our Fallbrook, CA nursery. Nolina matapensis, commonly called Sonoran Tree Bear Grass, is a lush-looking evergreen plant which develop s a trunk over time. .

Minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders.

All plants shipped bare root in one-gallon sizes.
Other sizes may be available for pick up from

our growing grounds in Fallbrook, 

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Nolina matapensis

  • Names and Synonyms:  
  • Common Names:  
    Sonoran Tree Bear Grass, Tree Bear Grass, Tuya, Beargrass, Palmita, Sotol, Truffula Tree, Palmilla
  • Family:  
    Agavaceae; Nolinaceae; Asparagaceae
  • Origin:  
    Native to the Sonoran desert in Mexico and was discovered near Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • Height:  
  • Width:  
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    15 to 20°F, -9.4 to -6.7°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Partial shade inland to full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove dead leaves and spent flower spikes as desired
  • Uses:  
    This plant has a hemispherical form and unique long sculptural leaves which make it a fine specimen plant. It can be displayed in large containers as well. It is also at home in xeriscapes and large succulent and cactus gardens. Note that the leaves have sharp edges and should be kept clear of pedestrian traffic. Over many years it forms a branching trunk and can reach 12-15 feet tall though 8 feet is more likely in CA garden settings. This plant’s flowers attract wildlife – making the plant a nice choice for desert wildlife gardens as well. Sonoran Tree Bear Grass is fire-resistant and unloved by deer and rodents.
  • Propagation:  
    Can be propagated from seed but both male and female plants are needed to set seed.
  • Problems:  
    Needs good drainage
  • Special notes:  
    This lush-looking evergreen plant will develop a trunk over time. Dead, older leaves can be removed to better display this feature. The leaves are strap-like and glossy bluish-green. In June and July the plant develops a 4 to 6 foot long fluffy inflorescence that is a branched panicle covered in small 1/8” white flowers. The plant goes on to develop bean like seed pods that open at maturity to reveal winged seed pods if both male and female plants are grown. This slow growing plant tolerates alkaline soils and prefers dry slopes and rocky ridges.