Botanical Name: Nolina bigelovii
Common Name: Desert or Bigelow Nolina  
Plant photo of: Nolina bigelovii
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California Native Plant
  • 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: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Large shrub-like with trunk 3'-10' . Very drought, heat, and sun tolerant. Rosette stiff & usually single headed with several rosettes. Leaves 1" wide & up to 4' long & dull blue-green-grey green. Marginal leaf filaments. Smooth margin. Flowers cream color and small. Native in very xeric areas AZ & CA. Probably most drought tolerant. Full sun. Some additional water in summer. Good choice for mixing with agaves, yuccas, cacti and other desert plants. Flowers May-June. Dry rocky slopes <3500' in AZ.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas