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Bear grass blooms at Glacier National Park

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 16 2013 11:11:25 AM MDT
Bear Grass
WEST GLACIER, Mont. -

Glacier National Park visitors will have the chance this summer to see something that's found in the park every year.

Bear grass is a native plant to Glacier National Park, and it's found only in Northwestern North America.

It doesn't grow every year in the park, and sometimes it can be several years between cycles before it's seen in the park.

Glacier National Park Public Affairs Assistant Jennifer Lutman told us it has to be the right conditions for the unique plant to blossom.

"The myth is that it only blooms every seven years or up to ten years,” said Lutman.  “But it really blooms whenever the conditions are right, the climate conditions are right.  So whenever there's good rainfall, moisture in the soil and the roots really like it, the plans will bloom."