Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Bear Grass: Xerophyllum tenaxum

This member of the lily family persists for several years without flowering, suddenly giving rise to a showy flowering stalk which dies back after setting fruit. The leaves of Bear-grass were used by indigenous people to make water-tight baskets.

Bear Grass

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Painting Samples

    Five Finger Fern
    Giant Horsetail
    Purple Needle-grass
    Bear Grass
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    Washington Lily
    Howell's Lewisia
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    Tree Anemone
    California Lilac
    Teddy Bear Cholla
    Beavertail Cactus
    Velvet Cactus
    Balsam Root
    Western Thistle