Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)


Desert Spoon

Dasylirion wheeleri

The Desert Spoon will add wonderful color and texture to all landscapes! Also known by its botanical name, Dasylirion wheeleri is at once beautiful and durable. Native to the Southwest, this is a fine specimen featuring an attractive display of blue-green leaves that twist and curl, much like a ribbon. It has a slow growth rate and offers year round interest, especially when it matures and blooms showy cream colored flowers in late spring to summer- it can be used to soften any harsh-looking landscape!

Homeowners and landscapers alike rave about its low maintenance features and its ability to adapt to a wide range of conditions, where its drought resistance makes it an especially good choice for inland and desert areas. Once established, this carefree Desert Spoon will require low to moderate water use. Let it grow in an area that gets plenty of full sun. We love to plant them as an accent to a dry rock garden or use them in a waterwise border. We also love mass planting them in larger landscapes, where they create a stunning scene when in bloom and flocks of butterflies take part in the spectacle!

This is one versatile plant ideal for complementing a variety of landscapes – from tropical to desert! An interesting fact about Dasylirion wheeleri: an alcoholic beverage called “Sotol” is extracted from the trunk! And while most of our customers are not likely to be making their own alcoholic beverage from Desert Spoon, it's a welcome addition to any landscape and will add curb appeal to any property!

Buying Desert Spoons from Palm Paradise is a smart move. After all, we have been custom-growing them from premium quality specimens for over 20 years. This means that you can rest assured on the excellent quality of all our plants and trees!

  • Attractive display of blue-green leaves that twist and curl, much like a ribbon
  • Slow growth rate
  • Can soften any harsh-looking landscape
  • Low maintenance
  • Loves full sun


Carefree accent for desert landscapes

Striking silver-grey foliage with 10’ high tan bloom spikes in summer

Soften harsh desert landscapes and create interest in transition areas

Heat and drought tolerant