It’s an exciting day in the Lewis and Clark Garden; we are on Bloom Watch for our Bear Grass!
What makes this bloom so exciting is that Xerophyllum tenax blooms in five to seven year cycles, and our cluster of bear grass was planted ten years ago and has yet to flower—until now. Yesterday I noticed that not one, but TWO, of them are getting ready to bloom! One of them is farther along than the other, so you should have plenty of time to catch one or both in action. You may be familiar with bear grass if you’ve ever hiked in an area that is recovering from wildfire; I first encountered them close to McCall in the Pins and Needles area.
Submitted By, Anna Lindquist, Garden Lead