Dasylirion wheeleri

Also known as:

  • Dasylirion wheeleri [select form]
  • Sotol
  • Desert Spoon

Plant Type

cactus / succulent

Zones

7a-11

Size

H:3'-8'
W:4'-5'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

adaptable, well-drained

Water Needs:

low, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, light/bright shade

Features

Flowers:

tan

Foliage:

evergreen, silver / gray / blue

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Flowering Time:

summer

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This surprisingly hardy yucca relative is absolutely exquisite! Each dramatically architectural, deer-resistant clump will grow 3' tall x 4' wide with long, powder-blue, gently twisting leaves. The spines are on the sides of the leaf...not the tips. Instead, the end of each leaf forms a little cowlick curl...like Elvis used to have (I mean, like Elvis STILL has...somewhere!). If you are having trouble imagining this, think of a giant, blue-braided Afro. Mature clumps are topped in summer by thick, bean pole-like flower scapes to 10' tall. The hardiness of sotol is related to keeping the crown of the plant dry during the winter.

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Description by: Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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Desert spoon has long, narrow, serrated, bluish green leaves that radiate in all directions forming a dramatic succulent sphere. Though slow-growing it can form a trunk with time. The tall flowering stem towers over mature plants with white flowers on male plants and purple-pink flowers on female plants. A drink called sotol is made from the desert spoon by the native desert peoples.

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Description by: Moon - Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens

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Full Sun. Outdoor. Insignificant White Flowers on 6-15' stalk.

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Description by: Cistus Nursery

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The best known and one of the more spectacular of the genus, these trunk-forming denizens of southeast Arizona to southern New Mexico and south into Sonora can grow as tall as 8' with 4-5' rosettes of very pretty gray-blue, adorned with small golden teeth and threadlike filifers at the leaf ends. Beautiful when back lit. Not fussy about water or soil though would rather not sit in winter wet. Great container specimens. This high elevation collection from southeastern Arizona should be frost hardy into the 0 to 10 °F range, USDA zone 7, especially in bright light with good air circulation and very well-drained soil. Said to be deer resistant. [select form]

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Narrow 1"x 3' sword-like leaves clumped on a 3' trunk have been used for everything from baskets & thatch to paper; a 9-15' spike of flowers is followed by a seed head used for alcohol ('sotol') ; cattle feed. S/D/GD

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