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This as of yet undescribed species of Nolina has earned quite a reputation in collectors' circles as possibly the hardiest of all trunking Nolina. This is no desert plant, but, alongside Agave montana, native to misty pine-oak forests between 2400 and more than an astonishing 3200 m in the high reaches of the Sierra Madre Oriental in northeastern Mexico, where the winters are wet and afford many freezing cold nights. Mature plants form a robust, usually solitary trunk, densely clothed in a large petticoat of dead leaves and topped by a beautifully rounded crown of spirally arranged, pale green, straplike leaves. It is also variously known as Nolina 'La Sibirica', Nolina 'La Siberia' or 'Nolina siberica'.