Bear grass is found in open forests and meadows at sub alpine and low alpine elevations in the western United States and British Columbia. It is commonly found under alpine larch and whitebark pine stands on cold, rocky sites at upper timberlines.
Bear grass is a fire-resistant species that is one of the first plants to grow after a fire. Beargrass, and many other native plants, need periodic burns to produce strong, new growth.
The flowers of bear grass grow on a stalk that can be 6 feet tall with many small flowers. Each flower is creamy white, and saucer shaped, and has a sweet
aroma. The entire flower looks a little like fluffy, upside down ice cream cone. Bear grass tends to flower in 5 to 7 year cycles. After the fruit sets, the plant dies. It reproduces by seed, and by sending out offshoots from its rhizomes.