One of the larger Nolina, this species thrives in extremely dry desert areas in the very southwestern US and adjacent northwestern Mexico. Perfectly adapted to the desert climate, it is a must for any low maintenance desert garden, where it requires very little attention. Vaguely resembling a small Yucca rostrata, it forms a trunk that can reach 3 m (10 ft.) tall, topped by a dense crown of stiff, straight, blue to gray green leaves to 2.5 cm (1 in.) wide. It can take moderate freezes without damage.