Yes, Bears Eat Beargrass

A Walk in the Woods


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A large colony of beargrass in bloom on the trail into Lower Rumble Creek Lake in July 2014.

It's a good beargrass year. The slopes on either side of Highway 83 are filled with their tall, crazy looking flowers. It's worth taking a drive or hiking up a trail to witness how beautifully their white blooms decorate our forest-covered mountains.

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is in the Lily Family. Each stalk has hundreds of flower buds, which start blooming from the bottom of the stalk and bloom upwards to the top. Blooming patches of beargrass light the forest up as if they were torches. The fun thing is you can enjoy their display from early June into July by going up to higher eleva...

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