Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Xerophyllum tenax

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xerophyllum tenax, xerophyllum douglasii, helonias tenax.


xeros = dry
phyllum = leaf
tenax = tenacious, tough


Traditional name

English: Indian Basket grass
Synonyms: Beargrass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard

Used parts

Whole plant


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Liliales; Liliaceae - Lily Family


Original proving

Proving described by Eileen Nauman, done in 1996

Description of the substance

Physical Characteristics
An evergreen perennial growing to 1.2m by 2m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. We rate it 2 out of 5 for usefulness.

The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Habitats and Possible Locations: Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.

It is found from British Columbia to central California and east to Idaho and Montana, deep in the pristine cleanness of the mountains at higher altitudes. Other common names for this incredible flower are: Elk Grass, Turkey Beard, Bear Lily, Squaw Grass, Indian Basket Grass and Pine Lily.

The flowers are flat petal-like segments measuring no more than 3/8 inches long. The leaves are basal shaped and about 1 to 21/2 feet long and very narrow. If one is to negligently run their hand up this leaf, they may well cut their fingers or palm on it if not careful. Bear Grass is found in clearings and open woods areas. It usually blooms May through August. They are easy to identify--standing so tall, the stout stalk erect. It grows one, single stalk. At the top of it is hundreds of tiny flowers that create a dense, broad white raceme.