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Dasylirion wheeleri

Desert spoon /

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Desert Spoon has a strong, sculptural form and would make an outstanding accent plant in the desert landscape. They flower every few years on 6’ to 15’ stems and unlike yucca do not die after flowering. The blossoms will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and a host of other beneficial insects.


  • Attracts native hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
  • Attractive, unique garden form
  • Easy to grow and very low maintenance
  • Base of leaf is used in dried floral arrangements
  • Deer resistant
  • Drought tolerant once established

3-6 Feet


3-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 8-11

Native Range

Native to desert uplands on dry, sunny, rocky slopes. The range extends from northern Mexico to the Chihuahua and Sonora deserts

Native Trivia

Native Americans used the foliage of Desert Spoon to make fibers that could be made into baskets, mats and rope. The inner part of the plant and core of the flower stems are edible and were used to make an alcoholic beverage called sotol.

"The flower stem can grow up to 15' tall! That's a lot of nectar for our hummingbird friends!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Saline or alkaline
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Desert
Foliage Color
  • Gray-green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Rock garden
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Texas