These plants look like an ornamental grass but are really shrubs from the Lily family, which explains their toxicity. Often used as a base for flower arrangements, they are native to southwestern and southern united states and grow in the desert and higher wooded areas. Bear Grass can also be sold as ornamental plants for gardening in dry areas. Bear grasses have evergreen, thin, 3 foot long grass-like leaves that grow in clumps. The woody flower stalks can be 6 feet high. The flowers and seeds are small and greenish white on branches of the same color. This plant blooms in late spring and early summer.