Bear Grass is a clumping, grass-like perennial, up to 3-5 ft. tall, with creamy white flowers on spikes. Its majestic, grass-like leaves are wrapped around a single ground level stalk, and bloom with lightly-fragrant white flowers in the open woods and meadows of the western US and Canada. Native Americans used its foliage for basketry, and the roasted root was eaten. It is an important part of the fire ecology in its natural habitat. Hardy in zones 3-9.
Growing Instructions for Bear Grass
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the spring or summer and they will germinate the next spring or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 120 days. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 5. Put the soil in a pot. 6. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil. Put a cover on the seeds to keep the light out. Remove the cover when the seeds germinate. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.