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Dasylirion wheeleri - S.Watson.
                 
Common Name Sotol, Common sotol, Bear Grass, Common Sotol, Desert Spoon
Family Agavaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open, rocky slopes at elevations of 1200 - 1900 metres in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico [270].
Range South-western N. America - Arizona to Texas and Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Rounded.

Dasylirion wheeleri Sotol, Common sotol, Bear Grass, Common Sotol, Desert Spoon


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Dasylirion wheeleri Sotol, Common sotol, Bear Grass, Common Sotol, Desert Spoon
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Physical Characteristics
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Dasylirion wheeleri is an evergreen Tree growing to 1.5 m (5ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; South Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses: Drink.

The central part of the plant can be cooked and eaten[183]. The crown of the plant was baked by the native North American Indians then dried, pounded into a powder and made into cakes[257]. They would also peel the baked crown, crush it, mix it with water then ferment it and use it as a beverage[257]. The flowering stems can be roasted, boiled or eaten raw[257]. The trunk is rich in sugar, the pith can be used to make the alcoholic beverage 'sotol'[183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Basketry;  Thatching;  Weaving.

The leaves are used in thatching, basket making, weaving into hats, mats etc[257].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Specimen. Requires a very well-drained soil in a sheltered sunny position[200]. This species is not very cold hardy, and is said to require a minimum winter temperature of 10°c[200], However, plants can survive outdoors in the very mildest areas of Britain if given some protection such as a south facing wall and a suitable soil[K]. Plants are sometimes used in sub-tropical bedding schemes in Britain. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

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Conservation Status
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