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Dasylirion wheeleri/Sotol, Desert Spoon

Dasylirion wheeleri / Dasylirion wheeleri
Silvery-colored foliage with fine filaments on edges of leaves
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Silvery-colored foliage with fine filaments on edges of leaves

Mature clump growing in a rock garden at a southern botanical garden

Specimen plant

Large, mature specimen

Specimen plant in a Southern California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Dasylirion wheeleri
Common Name: Sotol, Desert Spoon
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: One of the best plants for dry locations as it need not be watered after it is established. The flowering stem extends above the foliage to a height of about 12 feet.