Dasylirion

 

Dasylirion is a group of over a dozen of grassy looking rosette plants native to the southwestern US and northern Mexico. They are not grasses but are related to the Agaves. As they grow older, the base of the several of these species develop into a trunk.

When the plant is mature it blooms with hundreds of greenish-white bell-shaped flowers on a tall narrow spike coming from the center of the plant. The plant does not die after blooming

Most Dasylirions are rather resistant to cold and drought.

Species and varieties
Dasylirion acrotrichum (Green Desert Spoon)
Dasylirion longissimum (Mexican Grass Tree, Toothless Sotol)
Dasylirion texanum (Green Sotol, Texas Sotol)
Dasylirion wheeleri (Sotol, Desert Spoon)
Dasylirion acrotriche synonym of Dasylirion acrotrichum (Green Desert Spoon)
Dasylirion bigelovii synonym of Nolina bigelovii (Beargrass)
Dasylirion gracile synonym of Dasylirion acrotrichum (Green Desert Spoon)
Dasylirion hookeri synonym of Calibanus hookeri
Dasylirion longifolium synonym of Nolina longifolia (Mexican Grass Tree)
Dasylirion quadrangulatum synonym of Dasylirion longissimum (Mexican Grass Tree, Toothless Sotol)

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