Botanical Name: Nolina bigelovii
 Common Name: Desert Bigelov Nolina
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Information by: Mary Irish

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Large shrub-like succulent. Dull blue-green leaves 1" wide & up to 4' long form rosettes. White filaments form on the edges of leaves. Flowers appear May-June and are cream colored and small. Accepts full sun. Very drought tolerant. Some additional water in summer. Good choice for mixing with agaves, yuccas, cacti and other desert plants. Native to Arizona and California.
Frost tolerant to 15 F. Named for Nolin, a French agricultural writer.