Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Beargrass, also known as Xerophyllum tenax, has been a popular sight in and around Glacier Park this year. While this plant only mass blooms like this every 5-10 years, the plant is an important part of the fire ecology of regions where it is native. It has rhizomes which survive fire that clears dead and dying plant matter from the surface of the ground. The plant thrives with periodic burns and is often the first plant to sprout in a scorched area.

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