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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
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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
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