Create Your Garden

Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon)

Blue Sotol, Sotol Wheeler, Common Desert Spoon, Saw Yucca, Desert Spoon, Spoon Flower, Common Sotol

AGM Award
Dasylirion wheeleri, Blue Sotol, Sotol Wheeler, Common Desert Spoon, Saw Yucca, Desert Spoon, Spoon Flower, Common Sotol
Dasylirion wheeleri, Blue Sotol, Sotol Wheeler, Common Desert Spoon, Saw Yucca, Desert Spoon, Spoon Flower, Common Sotol

Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon) is a very ornamental evergreen succulent boasting a perfectly symmetrical rosette packed with hundreds of long, narrow, silvery blue-green leaves tipped with white fibers. The leaves can reach 5 ft. in length (150 cm) and are adorned with golden spines along their margins. The rosette sits on a stout short trunk. In summer, it is topped with a dramatic flowering stalk, up to 15 ft. (450 cm), bearing thousands of tiny flowers. Bees and hummingbirds relish the flowers. Dasylirion wheeleri is dioecious (separate male and female plants). Male flowers are more white colored and female flowers are tinged purple-pink. The flowers are followed by small oval capsules containing a single seed. Slow-growing, carefree, and very drought tolerant, Desert Spoon makes a great specimen plant for xeriscape gardens and blends well in Mediterranean or arid gardens. Position where the sun backlights the striking form and yellow spines.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Adds architectural interest to the garden and slowly grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Once planted in the ground, this plant does not need additional water, though the odd deep watering during summer would encourage more rapid growth. Thrive best in full sun, but tolerates some shade and humidity. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, informal gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Placement in the garden should be carefully considered so as not to catch unwary passers-by with thorns.
  • Virtually pest and disease free, but watch out for scale insects. Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Propagate from seeds.
  • Native to Mexico (Chihuahua and Sonora), southwestern United States (Texas to Arizona)

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Dasylirion
Common names Spoon Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
Explore Great Plant Combination Ideas
Dasylirion
Not sure which Dasylirion to pick?
Compare Now

Alternative Plants to Consider

Dasylirion acrotrichum (Green Desert Spoon)
Dasylirion serratifolium (Desert Spoon)

Recommended Companion Plants

Opuntia santa-rita (Santa Rita Prickly Pear)
Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus)
Chamaerops humilis (European Fan Palm)
Agave vilmoriniana (Octopus Agave)

Find In One of Our Guides or Gardens

A Sparkling Water-Wise Border with Desert Spoon, Cactus and Opuntia
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
Buy Plants

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Dasylirion
Common names Spoon Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
Explore Great Plant Combination Ideas
Dasylirion
Not sure which Dasylirion to pick?
Compare Now

Gardening Ideas

Plant Calculator

How many Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon) do I need for my garden?

Input your garden space dimensions

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon) N/A Buy Plants

Please Login to Proceed

You Have Reached The Free Limit, Please Subscribe to Proceed

Subscribe to Gardenia

To create additional collections, you must be a paid member of Gardenia
  • Add as many plants as you wish
  • Create and save up to 25 garden collections
Become a Member

Plant Added Successfully

You have Reached Your Limit

To add more plants, you must be a paid member of our site Become a Member

Update Your Credit
Card Information

Cancel

Create a New Collection

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

    You have been subscribed successfully

    Join Gardenia.net

    Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

    Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

    Join now and start creating your dream garden!

    Join Gardenia.net

    Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

    Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

    Join now and start creating your dream garden!

    Find your Hardiness Zone

    Find your Heat Zone

    Find your Climate Zone