Dasylirion wheeleri


Desert Spoon or Sotol Plant

A truly stunning and fairly rare hardy arid plant. The Dasylirion wheeleri also known as the Desert Spoon or Sotol Plant is native to the arid regions of Central America.

  • Situation: Full sun, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Grows to: 1.5m x 0.5m

Dasylirion wheeleri is a single-trunked plant topped with a wonderful spray of strap-like, blue-green leaves with finely toothed margins. On maturity, Dasylirion wheeleri will produce a huge flower spike many metres tall in mid-summer.

Set Dasylirion wheeleri in a bright sunny spot in a pot or in an arid or dry garden alongside other arid favourites such as Agave americana and Yucca rostrata. As with most arid plants Dasylirion wheeleri is tremendously tolerant of windy and exposed conditions.

As an arid plant to grow in the UK, Dasylirion wheeleri ticks all the boxes as it is hardy, evergreen, architectural, striking and bold, oh and of course spiky.

The key to getting the best out of Dasylirion wheeleri as with most arid plants, is to give them very well-drained soil and bake them in full sun, so as much as possible mimicking their native environment.

Generally it won’t be winter coldnesss that upsets Dasylirion wheeleri; it will be the wet, so make sure you plant out Dasylirion wheeleri in free-draining soil. Alternatively you can cheat and plant Dasylirion wheeleri in a pot, thus ensuring good drainage. In the coldest parts of the UK try to keep as much winter rain and snow off this arid plant.

Maintaining Dasylirion wheeleri couldn’t be simpler. Once established in the ground, Dasylirion wheeleri will require no additional watering, no additional feeding and at most one prune a year to tidy-up old growth.

Dasylirion wheeleri is also known as the Desert Spoon or Sotol Plant.


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Just about all arid plants are very low fuss plants that have fairly simple requirements. The most fundamental of these is that the medium in which they are grown in has excellent drainage.

For nearly all arid plants the techniques for planting are the same, with the major emphasis on good drainage. This will help to insure that roots do not rot in cold and damp conditions. If the soil is not well draining, consider improving the soil structure or at least planting in a raised bed. There is no need to backfill with additional fertiliser as these plants rarely need feeding in open ground.

Arid plants in nearly all cases are succulent and are able to store water for future use. They should not be overwatered, especially in the cooler months. Cool, damp soil is an excellent host for diseases and rotting.

Be aware, although these plants are very drought tolerant, plants in containers do need additional water, especially in dry periods, due to the excellent drainage capacity of the compost when in containers. All plants can be placed in full sun.

To recap, plant in a well draining environment, water very rarely, but more so if potted. Position in full sun.