Nolina brittoniana

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Scrub Beargrass, Britton's Beargrass


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Availability:Friends, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Nolina brittoniana at Archbold Biological Station: 

  • Apidae: Apis mellifera
  • Leucospididae: Leucospis robertsoni, L. slossonae
  • Sphecidae: Ammophila pictipennis, Bicyrtes quadrifasciata, Cerceris fumipennis, C. rufopicta, Sphex ichneumoneus
  • Vespidae: Pachodynerus erynnis

Note:  this study only looked at hymenoptera.

Native Habitats:Scrub, sandhilll.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is listed by the USFWS as Endangered and may require landowner permission and/or permits to transplant. Please do not disturb this species unless this is a plant rescue.