Dasylirion longissimum

Also known as:

  • Dasylirion quadrangulatum
  • Mexican Grass Tree
  • Dasylirion longissima
  • Toothless Desert Spoon
  • Square-leaf Sotol
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Plant Type

perennial, cactus / succulent, grass / grass like

Zones

8a-11

Size

H:4'-10'
W:4'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, gritty

Water Needs:

occasional, drought tolerant, dry in summer

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun

Special Situation:

heat tolerant

Features

Flower Color:

white

Foliage Color:

green, blue_old, blue

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Flower Season:

summer

Texture:

grassy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Plant Delights Nursery, Inc

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Raleigh, North Carolina

919-772-4794

Moon - Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens

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6430 McGill Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

The Desert Northwest

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Sequim, Washington

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Moon - Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens

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6430 McGill Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Succulent Gardens

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2133 Elkhorn Road Castroville, California

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831-632-0482

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Cactus Jungle

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Berkeley, California

510-558-8650

Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

The Desert Northwest

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Sequim, Washington

mail@desertnorthwest.com

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Far South Wholesale Nursery

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1141 Penion Drive Austin, Texas

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Succulent Gardens

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2133 Elkhorn Road Castroville, California

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831-632-0482

megan@sgplants.com

Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

503-678-5687

Moon - Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens

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6430 McGill Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dasylirion longissimum 3 flower, form

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Cleveland, Texas

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Description by: Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

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Quite a stunning plant! (If you have the room for it!) Forming a dome of blue-green “leaves” that have a wonderful kineticism in any slight breeze. Give it room, it grows to 8-10' wide & wouldn't look right if its shape was marred by having to cut the leaves back. Both male & female plants have very tall (10-15') flower stalks. Female flowers will turn a lovely russet color as the mature. Blooms in late Winter & bees enjoy visiting the flowers. After 50 years or so it will start to develop a trunk - this is definitely an “heirloom” plant that your grandchildren can enjoy. Can be grown in a pot for a good while, too. Great for gardeners in fire prone areas as it is considered fire-retardant. Not hard to grow as long as you provide good drainage. Native to Mexico.

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Description by: Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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Richmond, British Columbia

604-270-4133

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Mexican grass tree is a spectacular plant from northeastern Mexico that, when mature, sports a foot wide trunk and a large sphere of long, stiff, square-edged, bluish green leaves. As a young plant it forms a dramatic mound of foliage for those dry, full sun locations.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Full Sun to Shade. Outdoor. 100's of Brownish-Yellow Flowers on a long spike up to 15'.

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Description by: Tejas Tropicals

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Cleveland, Texas

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A fabulous species from northeastern Mexico. The leaves are grasslike but form a spherical crown on top of a stout trunk that can reach 10-16 ft. It is drought and freeze hardy. Called the Mexican Grass Tree, it's hardy to zone 7.

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dasylirion quadrangulatum is the most spectacular of the Mexican sotols, without the typical spiny leaves. This magnificent deer-resistant specimen (6' tall x 6' wide in 10 years) forms a fountain of thin clothesline-like arching leaves to 3'...looking sort of like a car antenna after getting caught in a cheap carwash. Dasylirion quadrangulatum is somewhat shade-tolerant compared with most of the other sotols.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Narrow, wiry leaves of substance add a starburst to the dry garden. Some summer thundershowers or water can be helpful. Clumping perennial.

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