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Dasylirion berlandieri

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Berlandier's Sotol (Dasylirion berlandieri) at Roger's Gardens

Berlandier's Sotol

Berlandier's Sotol

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Plant Height:  5 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Blue Sotol

Description:

This striking accent plant bears long. narrow steel blue leaves that radiate symmetrically from a woody base; beautiful tall spikes of cream flowers in summer; good for hot, dry sites; great for borders, patios and containers

Ornamental Features

Berlandier's Sotol features bold spikes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. It has attractive steel blue foliage with hints of grayish green. The serrated narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain steel blue throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Berlandier's Sotol is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Berlandier's Sotol is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Berlandier's Sotol will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Berlandier's Sotol makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features