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Parry's Nolina
Nolina parryi
  
About Parry's Nolina (Nolina parryi) 11 Nurseries Carry This Plant Nolina parryi (Parry's Nolina or Giant Nolina) is a flowering plant in the family Ruscaceae. It grows in the upper elevations of the Peninsular Range, the Mojave Desert and the southern Sierra Nevada.up to 2100 meters. It can exceed two meters in height, its flower cluster reaching 4 meters. The trunk is up to 60 centimeters in diameter. Leaves are borne in dense rosettes, each with up to 220 stiff linear leaves up to 140 centimeters long and 4 broad. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants; the flowers are white, produced on the tall plume-like flower cluster that normally appears in late spring. The fruit is a delicate, papery, three-lobed pod.

This plant requires fast draining soil and dry slopes. It needs full sun. This plant is extremely drought tolerant, and after established, it should survive the dry months with no supplementary water. Since it's primarily a desert plant, it's evolved to handle summer monsoons, and tolerates occasional water (1x per month).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Size
Size
3.5 - 7 ft tall
4 ft wide

Form
Form
Fountain

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Numerous insects are attracted to the flowers. It is pollinated by a species of moth. Several seed-eating birds are attracted to the fruits.

 
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Sosipatra rileyellaSosipatra rileyella

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
This plant requires coarse, fast draining soil such as decomposed granite. Soil PH: 6.0 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
In Desert settings, Joshua Tree, Apricot Mallow, Desert Brittlebush, Creosote Bush, Desert Agave, California Juniper, Pinyon Pine and Rush Milkweed. In chaparral settings, San Diego Viguiera, California Buckwheat (ssp. polifolium), Salvia spp, and Ceanothus species.

Maintenance
Maintenance
The dried flower stalk can be left in place or pruned out.

Propagation
Propagation?
By pups, cuttings or seeds.  For propagating by seed: No treatment. (Everett 1957).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 11, 12*, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes and ridges, often very rocky, usually below 3,600 ft. on the drier eastern flank of the mountains

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.9" - 34.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 3.23", Coldest Month: 37.5" - 58.7", Hottest Month: 57.1" - 84.3", Humidity: 2.02" - 35.52", Elevation: 786" - 8083"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Palmilla De Parry, Parry Saccahuista, Parry's Beargrass


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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