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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.

Benefits

  • 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

Height
3-6 Feet

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Spread
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.

Characteristics & Attributes

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