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| Desert Spoon, Desert Sotol, Wheeler Sotol, Grey Sotol|
Desert spoon has a dense rosette of graceful, attractive blue-green leaves and a short, woody trunk. It grows in limestone or granite hillsides in the Trans-Pecos and adjacent Mexico, north to New Mexico and Arizona. Often confused with yuccas, sotols have long slender leaves that arch gracefully from a central trunk, making a symmetrical, rounded form. The leaves have sharp spines or teeth along their margins, and are spoon-like at the base, giving the genus the common name of "desert spoon". Extremely tolerant of drought, heat, and soil type, they must have well-drained soil and full sun to thrive. From May to August they have tall, dramatic flowering stalks, with male and female flowers on separate plants. One of the most ornamental of all desert plants, dasylirions are striking in the landscape or in large pots. Because of their wicked spines, they must be planted away from pedestrian areas unless they are used for security plantings. An extremely useful plant to man, sotol has been used to make temporary structures, corrals, roofs, baskets, mats, ropes, liquor ("sotol"), cattle feed during drought, and food for humans.
Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
Flower Color: creamy white or greenish
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: 3-winged shell
Height: to 5 feet/ flower 9 to 15 feet
Width: to 6 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: adaptable