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Blue Nolina

Nolina nelsonii (Xeriscape)

This Nolina is often mistaken for a Yucca species. The 2 to 3' long, 1'' wide leaves range from grey-green and flexible (juvenile foliage) to powder blue and less flexible (mature foliage). The leaves are edged with tiny teeth that can inflict cuts on an unsuspecting gardener. Blue Nolina grows at a moderate rate, eventually developing a 10 to 12' tall trunk, crowned by a 4 to 5' rosette of foliage. Old leaves persist along the trunk, resulting in a naturally shaggy look. These dead leaves can be removed for a neater appearance. In the summer Blue Nolina sends up a 10' tall spike of small tan flowers. Blue Nolina is very adaptable, tolerating full sun and reflected heat, as well as part shade. Withholding irrigation in the fall and winter will harden off Blue Nolina, and prevent most frost damage. This native of Mexico is hardy to 10º F. USDA Zone 8.


10-12 Feet



4-5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 8

Characteristics & Attributes

Soil Moisture Preference
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Foliage Color
Blue Green
Focal Point
Heat Tolerant
Drought Tolerant