Desert Spoon


Scientific Name: Dasylirion wheeleri

Common Name: Desert Spoon, Sotol

Family: Asparagaceae
Duration: Perennial

Size: Inflorescence Up to 20 feet tall or less.
Growth Form: Shrub, subshrub; plants in large rosettes, thick and woody, mostly subterranean caudex

Leaves: Green, whitish or bluish green; in large clusters, up to 2 feet long, rigid, margins fully armed with sharp, curved spines
Flower Color: Greenish, tepals sometimes tinged purple; male and female flowers on separate plants (monecious); large terminal panicles; fruit is a 3-wing capsule.