Dasylirion wheeleri

Dasylirion wheeleri

Desert spoon

Drought tolerant, native succulent evergreen shrub up to 3 ft. tall, found at elevations from 3,000 to 6,000 ft. Leaves are basally clumped; flowers are borne on a long terminal panicle 6 to 17 ft. high. Grows in shallow, rocky or gravelly soils on hillsides and slopes in chaparral, desert and semi-desert grasslands. Cattle eat the trunks and leaf bases; also a good browse species for Bighorn sheep.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
3,000 
- 6,000 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Marginal
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
12.20 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
24,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
White
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer