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Blue Sotol

Dasylirion wheeleri

Wheeler's Sotol

About This Plant

Full sun; evergreen, with long, strappy blue-gray leaves. One of the most ornamental of all desert plants. Tall flower stalks appear in summer, attracting hummingbirds. This pale sotol performs well on thin soils and well drained rocky slopes (avoid wet, heavy clays and mulch). Be careful using it around narrow walkways; the leaf margins are serrated with sharp teeth.

Origins: Southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico

Maintenance

None needed. Spent leaves dangle skirtlike around the trunk; these are sometimes removed for a palm-like effect.

One of the most ornamental of all desert plants.

Min. Height: 4'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 6 feet'

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