In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Xerophyllum plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
A small genus of plants containing just two species. Xerophyllum are hardy perennials that range in height from two to five feet (60 cm to 1.5 m).
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.
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 (1/4 inch) 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 (one to two feet) apart and grown in a partial sun to full sun part of the garden that has a rich, slightly acidic soil of pH 5.5 to 6.5.
Beargrass by brewbooks.
It is important to supply Xerophyllum with a mulch every spring and to keep them well watered.
If you require more plants then propagate from seeds. Taking rhizome cuttings is possible but can be risky due to stressing the plant. Sometimes root offsets appear that can be separated off when dormant in early spring or autumn.
The Xerophyllum genus consists of only two species of North American plants.
Xerophyllum species can make intriguing additions to a woodland or shade garden, providing a unique architectural element.
Xerophyllum tenax, also known as bear grass, is frequently grown for its distinctive tuft of grass-like leaves and tall flower spikes.
Xerophyllum plants do not typically have a strong fragrance.
Xerophyllum plants thrive in partial to full shade with moist, well-draining soil. They prefer cool, woodland conditions.
Currently, Xerophyllum is not listed as invasive in the USA.
To remove Xerophyllum, it's best to dig up the entire plant, being careful to get the entire root system.
The Xerophyllum plant genus consists of perennial plants native to North America. They are admired for their tall, robust growth, linear leaves, and clusters of white, star-shaped flowers.
Grow Xerophyllum from seeds or take rhizome cuttings, preferably in spring or autumn. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and prefer acidic, well-drained soil. Regular watering is necessary, particularly during dry periods, but over watering should be avoided to prevent root rot.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Xerophyllum plants. You may also enjoy the following flowering perennial growing guides: How to grow Perennial Tropaeolum, Cyclamen, and Chrysanthemum plants.