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Marcus, Joseph A.
Dasylirion texanum Scheele
Texas sotol, Sotol
USDA Symbol: DATE3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This short-trunked desert perennial is often mistaken for yucca. A 9-15 ft. flower stalk, bearing a 2-3 ft. spike of yellowish flowers, is subtended by a basal cluster of dark, bluish-green leaves with evenly-spaced spines and a wide, cupped base. The leaf cluster is 1 1/2-2 1/2 ft. tall.
Trunks split open during dry spells, allowing wildlife access to the spongy interior and leaf bases.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
TX Native Habitat:
Flat desert areas, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Chaparral & brush country USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Cold Tolerant:
Sandy, Caliche type, Igneous, Limestone-based;adaptable Conditions Comments:
This short-trunked desert perennial
is often mistaken for yucca. A 9-15 ft. flower stalk, bearing a 2-3 ft. spike
of yellowish flowers, is subtended by a basal cluster of dark, bluish-green sharp edged leaves with evenly-spaced spines and a wide, cupped base. Trunks split open during dry spells, allowing wildlife access to the spongy interior and leaf bases.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Easily grown, Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Security hedge
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Briggs, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-CW-3
Collected 2009-08-04 in Mason County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff, GDB