Sotol

Desert Spoon

Dasylirion wheeleri

plant type:
shrub
lifecycle:
perennial
growing season:
warm
cover:
Low

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Loam
Sand
Gravel
Acceptable Soil conditions:
AlkalineCaliche

Location

Min elevation:
2000
Max elevation:
6000
Counties: 
Cochise
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
Maricopa
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Slow
Germination Overall: 
Low
Germination rate: 
Slow
Germination Requirements: 
warm temperatures; germination can be erratic

Ecological

Best Suited for these Site conditions:
Cold
Best Suited for these Management goals:
Drought resilienceForage productionPollinator habitatWildlife habitat

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Commonly available
NOTES:
high mortality from fire
Citations:
Tesky 1993