My Earmarked PlantsSend to a Friend
   

Dasylirion acrotrichum (Green Sotol, Great Desert Spoon)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Grass, Alpine, Evergreen
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Grey Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Slow Growing Plant
Earmark this plant  

Dasylirion acrotrichum Description

This exotic looking yucca like evergreen shrub might be better classified as a grass given its arching grass like silver green foilage. It makes a fantastic statment plant in a container and provides all year architectural interest.


Dasylirion acrotrichum - Cultivation Notes

Dasylirion originates in the arid upland deserts of Mexico. It can tolerate colder conditions making in hardy for sheltered planting in the UK and it will tolerate a mix of soils just as long as they are well drained. Plant in a sunny sheltered location and consider planting in a container for protection over winter.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Dasylirion acrotrichum:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Dasylirion acrotrichum

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Dasylirion acrotrichum:

  • Outstanding large evergreen foliage
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
sun loving drought tolerant plants
plants for pots and containers
architectural plants

View all the plants listed in Genus Dasylirion

View other types of alpines with grey foliage

Did you know you can display our images on your website or blog for free?