Spoon Yucca

Spoon Yucca


Dasylirion wheeleri – Desert Spoon

Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon) is an evergreen, long-lived plant with long, gray, strap-shaped, serrated leaves on a stout, short…

Dasylirion Varieties

Dasylirion leiophyllum – One of the smaller sotol plants at only 3 feet (1 m.) tall. Greenish-yellow foliage and reddish-brown teeth. Leaves are not pointed but rather more frayed looking.

Dasylirion texanum – A native of Texas. Extremely heat tolerant. May produce creamy, green blooms.

Dasylirion wheeleri – The classic desert spoon with long bluish-green foliage.

Dasylirion acrotriche – Green leaves, slightly more delicate than D. texanum.

Dasylirion quadrangulatum – Also known as Mexican grass tree. Stiffer, less arching green leaves. Smooth edges on foliage.

When landscaping with yuccas, it is best to keep them away from sidewalks and other high traffic areas, as the leaves are extremely sharp and can cut someone if they should brush up against the plant.

The yucca plant is very forgiving when it comes to soil types, as long as the soil drains well. Especially important during the first year when growing a yucca plant is giving it time to adjust to the soil and local rainfall.

You have to be sure to leave plenty of room to grow a yucca, as a mature plant can reach up to 3 feet (91+ cm.) across. They also have a fairly extensive root system and another plant can appear a short distance away. Even if the plant is removed, it can be difficult to get rid of the entire root system, and the yucca will regrow from any root left in the ground.

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Other Names: Spoon Yucca, Spoon Flower, Common Sotol

This sculptural plant bears narrow, blue-gray and green leaves arranged in dense rosettes beautiful tall spikes of cream flowers in fall good for hot, dry sites great for borders, patios and containers forms a woody trunk over time

Desert Spoon features bold spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. It has attractive silvery blue-variegated bluish-green foliage. The serrated narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Desert Spoon is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration

Desert Spoon is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Desert Spoon will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Desert Spoon makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Dasylirion Species, Green Desert Spoon, Green Sotol, Spoon Yucca

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Dasylirion (das-il-LIR-ee-on) (Info)
Species: acrotrichum
Synonym:Dasylirion gracile
Synonym:Roulinia gracile
Synonym:Yucca acrotricha


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Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

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Plant has spines or sharp edges use extreme caution when handling

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On Apr 18, 2011, tinkerbelle122 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bought three 5 gallon plants at Star Nursery here in Vegas last spring and planted them in our newly redesigned desert/xeric front yard landscape.. I was copying the plants you see in a lot of retail parking lot island plantings here (or so I thought) When they flower a huge single bloom shoots out from the center and looks AMAZING! I ended up with this (the "green" variety) What I thought I was buying was the regular version. My neighbors just removed their regular version plants b/c their small children keep getting scratched by them- they had them planted on their front walkway. Anyway- he gave me his two large regular desert spoons. I will post some pics showing the difference. These plants made it through the winter here nicely and I didn't cover them. They are in 100% full s. read more un. They do have some bits of withering/ darkening on the edges or each spire. According to my Nevada Gardener's Guide by Linn Mills and Dick Post, "People wonder if it is an insect that damages the ends of leaf tips, but there is no known cure." pg 60. Interestingly, according to the same book they are called desert spoons b/c where the leaves attach to the plant it is spoon shaped and Native Americans used them as utensils. I have them on a drip system and each has their own emitter. They are watered twice a week for five minutes and I'll check with my husband. but more in the middle of the summer. I'll post some pics. I'm starting to post reviews b/c I've noticed that the Vegas info is really lacking on here! If you're like me and just browsing (like i did for over a year) please get an account- it's free & easy. Sign in when you "browse" and share your info so we can figure out what works in Vegas!

On Nov 19, 2010, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

This plant does survive in zone 8 this is my third year without protection is stays evergreen,but slow to give off shoots only one since ive had it

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