Dasylirion acrotrichum

Dasylirion acrotrichum , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Liliidae
Ordo: Asparagales
Familia: Ruscaceae
Genus: Dasylirion
Species: Dasylirion acrotrichum

Dasylirion acrotrichum, the Great Desert Spoon and green Sotol (also, spoon yucca, though not a true Yucca now), is a plant native to the Chihuahuan Desert and other xeric habitats in northern and central Mexico. [1]

Description

The foliage is firm narrow bladed leaves up to 40 inches long (1 m), grasslike and 0.4 inch across (1 cm), symmetrically radiating in a rosette, 6 feet (1.8m) tall by the same in diameter, from a central core that elongates into decumbent trunks. The mid Summer flower spike of small white flowers is 6 to 15 feet tall (2—5 m).

Cultivation

The drought-tolerant and dramatic plant is cultivated by nurseries for use in personal gardens and larger xeriscape landscape projects in the Southwestern United States and California. Dasylirion acrotrichum is hardy to 20°F (-6°C)

References

1. ^ NPGS/GRIN Dasylirion acrotrichum

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