Nolina nelsonii

Soyate, Blue Beargrass Tree

(3 customer reviews)

From £14.96

Soyate is an exceptionally architectural and imposing trunk-forming plant, rivalling any yucca for dramatic presence.

Nolina nelsonii is certainly a robust species, with grey-blue toothed leaves that grow up to 80 centimetres long, held in a stiff dome with a short ‘petticoat’ of spent leaves forming beneath.

Origin: North East Mexico
Genus: Nolina
Species / Cultivar: nelsonii
Common Name: Soyate, Blue Beargrass Tree

Plant Biography

Nolina nelsonii is related to Yucca and Dasylirion, sitting in the diverse Asparagus family (Asparagaceae). It hails from a limited range within Northeastern Mexico. Its native habitat is dry desert, and large quantities are found in the mountainous regions of Tamaulipas.

In the wild, mature plants can achieve a trunk of 3 metres tall. Eventually it will form a flower spike that protrudes a further 2-3.4 metres from the foliage! After blooming, the plant’s main trunk dies and multiple lateral trunks emerge to take its place.

Nolina nelsonii
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 2-3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Expert Tip Although not long in cultivation, it has already survived down to -12°C in some UK gardens: but excellent drainage is absolutely key for the plant to withstand colder these temperatures.

Care & Size Guidance

In comparison to many of its relatives, it is actually reasonably quick to grow in size – especially in urban or coastal gardens.

This plant has low irrigation needs, and even in a container requires little to no water in the colder months.

What a beautiful specimen! It arrived in perfect condition, and was robustly packed. This is my second purchase from palm centre, and again I am a very happy customer.

Parminder

What a beautiful specimen! It arrived in perfect condition, and was robustly packed. This is my second purchase from palm centre, and again I am a very happy customer.

3 customer reviews for Nolina nelsonii

Today on 27th of May I received my parcel with Nolina nelsonii plant and I am so grateful for amazing service , perfect condition of plant and protection for delivery . I am extremely satisfied customer , Thank you so much for everything .

Dariusz Cyrek

Beautiful plant. Striking. Well packaged and very healthy specimen

Darrell Gale

What a beautiful specimen! It arrived in perfect condition, and was robustly packed. This is my second purchase from palm centre, and again I am a very happy customer.

Parminder