PlantsDasylirion→Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 4 to 7 feet (1.2-2.1 m)
Leaves: Glaucous
Flowers: Showy
Other: Very small
Flower Color: White
Other: Purple-pink in female plants
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: 6 to 17 feet (1.8-5.2 m)
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

Erupting flower on our Desert Spoon inflorescence.

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 9, 2019 1:33 PM

Dasylirion from southern AZ and NM into northern Mexico with many narrow, spiny, glaucous blue-green or gray leaves arranged around a stem up to 5 feet tall. The inflorescence may be 10-20 feet tall, with a great abundance of small flowers. Plants are either male or female. Well armed; plant away from traffic. The teeth point toward the tip of the leaves. An extremely hardy and durable plant which tolerates heat, cold, drought, and poor soil. Relatively common (for the genus) in cultivation.

Extensively used by natives of its natural range for fiber, food (immature flower stalks), and forage (split trunks for cattle feed in times of drought). The stem or piña is cooked and fermented for the production of a liquor called sotol (along with D. texanum), and the common name blue sotol may be used for this plant.

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