Xerophyllum tenax (Pursh) Nutt.
Helonias tenax Pursh
Bear Grass, Indian Basket Grass, Soap Grass, Squaw Grass
Bear grass is a native of western North America. It is not a grass, but a member of the Lily family.
Identification: These plants typically grow in groups, to heights of five feet. Leaves are mostly at the base, olive-colored, with toothed edges, up to 3' (91 cm) long and narrow (⅛-¼" (3.2-6.3 mm)). Leaves are tough and wiry. Tightly bunched cream-colored flowers on tall stalks are distinctive. Often occurs near alpine larch and whitebark pine. Fruits are less than ½" (1.3 cm) long, with three lobes.
Xerophyllum tenax on Blue Planet Biomes
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Xerophyllum tenax on Wikipedia
Xerophyllum tenax on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Xerophyllum tenax on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Xerophyllum tenax description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.