A small genus of plants containing just two species. Xerophyllum are hardy perennials that range in height from 60 cm to 1.5 metres.
They have spiky leaves and blooms in the summer carrying small stellar flowers of white, atop stringy stems.
Some of the common names for the two Xerophyllum members include Turkeybeard, Mountain asphodel, Squaw grass, and Bear grass.
Xerophyllum tenax by GlacierNPS.
Beargrass by brewbooks.
When growing from seed it is best to grow Turkeybeard and other Xerophyllum plants outdoors. Sow the seeds at a depth of about 6 mm in flats using fresh seed at the end of summer/ early autumn. Sink the flats in a shady area, cover with glass and keep moist. It should take from one to two months for the seeds to germinate in a shady area of the garden.
Ideally Xerophyllum should be spaced from 30 to 60 cm apart and grown in a sunny part of the garden that has a rich soil of pH 6 to 8.
It is important to supply Xerophyllum with a mulch every spring and to keep them well watered. If you require more plants then propagate by division in the spring or autumn.
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