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Dasylirion wheeleri
Common Name: Desert Spoon Family: Asparagaceae (The Asparagus Family)

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Desert spoon has long, narrow, serrated, bluish green leaves that radiate in all directions forming a dramatic succulent sphere. Though slow-growing it can form a trunk with time. The tall flowering stem towers over mature plants with white flowers on male plants and purple-pink flowers on female plants. A drink called sotol is made from the desert spoon by the native desert peoples.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Arid environments of northern Mexico, in Chihuahua and Sonora and in the southwestern United States, in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and also in New Mexico and Texas.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourPink 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread2-3'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourBluish Green 
Soil MoistureDry Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-11  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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