| Devil's Shoestring, Ribbon Grass, Lindheimer's Nolina|
Agavaceae, Nolinaceae, Liliaceae
Devil's shoestring prefers the limestone hills and ravines in the lightly wooded areas of the eastern half of the Edwards Plateau where it is endemic (native only to a particular area). The inflorescence is borne on a stout stem three or more feet above the mound of thin, flat, leaves. The 12- to 36-inches-long by 1/2-inch-wide graceful leaves are minutely sawtoothed along the margin. Its purplish-tinged, somewhat inflated, but quite thin fruit is notched at each end. In a landscape devil's shoestring would be an excellent choice as a focal point or ground cover for dry, shaded spots on well drained soils.
Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
Flower Color: white; creamy white to greenish white
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: inflated capsule
Height: 1.5 to 5 feet
Width: 2 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).