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A magnificently sculptural plant for the desert garden, sotol has striking straplike blue-green leaves that make it look a bit like yucca or agave. The evergreen foliage is thin like an ornamental grass and has a pleasing fine texture year-round. Plant it where the sun can shine through the leaves in early morning or late evening, highlighting the plant's pretty silhouette. Sotol grows best in full sun and gravelly, sandy soil. Once established, it has good cold tolerance, but be sure to give it extra protection during the first winter after planting.





Under 6 inches to 3 feet


To 4 feet wide

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Desert spoon
Desert spoon
Dasylirion wheeleri bears lovely, silvery-blue foliage and holds up extremely well to dry conditions. It's native to areas of the North American Southwest. It grows 20 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 7-10
Smooth sotol
Smooth sotol
Dasylirion leiophyllum is beloved for its towering 5- to 20-foot-tall bloom stalk. Clusters of small white flowers decorate the upper third of the sturdy stem. This evergreen perennial has spiny leaves and blooms in late spring or early summer. Zones 8-10
Texas sotol
Texas sotol
Dasylirion texanum offers fierce spikes on its leaves, but they're counterbalanced by lovely flower spikes. The 9- to 15-foot-tall flower stems are decorated with clusters of blooms from May through August in many areas. Texas sotol leaves are about 3 feet long. Zones 8-10

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This North American native plant has a home in nearly every garden with flowers that hummingbirds love. Long blooming with brilliantly colored, tubular flowers, penstemons -- ironically -- have been a staple in European gardens for decades.There are many different penstemon types. The leaves are lance-shape or oval, sometimes purple-red as in 'Husker Red'. Some Western species need outstanding drainage to dry conditions and won't thrive during wet weather. However, many, such as 'Husker Red', thrive in a wide variety of conditions. Just be sure to provide excellent drainage. Mulch in areas where a type is marginally hardy.

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