| Sand Sacahuiste|
Agavaceae, Nolinaceae, Liliaceae
Deep sandy soils in brushlands and dunes in the western areas of the Trans-Pecos provide habitat for the sand sacahuiste, which resembles a clump of thick, coarse-bladed grass. It is endemic (native to only a particular area) to Culberson County and likely elsewhere. Its numerous smooth-margined leaves measuring 4 feet long by 1/2 inch wide may be flat, or concave on one side and convex on the other. It is claimed that some plants produce purplish tinged flowers. In a landscape sand sacahiuste could be spaced on 3- to 5-foot centers as a ground cover or to hold rocky slopes. Fibers from the long leaves or the entire leaves were used by Native Americans to weave baskets and mats. Experts believe that the Trans-Pecos Nolinas require additional study of their ecology, exact distribution and taxonomy.
Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
Flower Color: white; creamy white to greenish white
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: inflated capsule
Height: 4 feet
Width: 3 to 4 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: alkaline
Additional Comments: Nolinas are polygamo-dioecious, that is: they usually have male and female flowers on separate plants, but each plant also has a few perfect flowers (male and female flower parts on one flower).