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Texas Sotol

Dasylirion texanum

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Texas Sotol (Dasylirion texanum) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Sotol

Texas Sotol

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Texas Sotol (Dasylirion texanum) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Sotol foliage

Texas Sotol foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Green Sotol

Description:

This great accent plant bears narrow green leaves that radiate symmetrically from a woody base; beautiful tall spikes of cream flowers; good for hot, dry sites; great for borders, patios and containers

Ornamental Features

Texas Sotol features bold spikes of creamy white flowers with green overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer. It has attractive green foliage. The serrated narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Texas 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

Texas Sotol is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Texas Sotol will grow to be about 4 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. 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 native to parts of North America.

Texas 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. 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

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.