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Dasylirion serratifolia

Dasylirion serratifolium is a species of Sotol from southern Mexico. However, in cultivation it is more of a ‘catch-all’ name for a mixed group of hybrids that have green leaves with toothed margins and terminal tufts. For all practical purposes this is unimportant to anyone other than a dasylirion specialist – in the garden they make a stunning focal point for the arid border along with Yucca, Nolina, Agave and Chamaerops with their fine-leafed ‘fibre-optic lamp’ appearance that contrasts well with other spiky plants. Alternatively their shape is perfect for pot culture, when they can be taken under glass for winter.

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Description

Dasylirion Serratifolium, sometimes known as sandpaper stool, is a slow growing succulent. It is a rare and interesting architectural plant most suitable for pots on roof terraces and patios but also ideal for UK-based tropical themed gardens. Dasylirion Serratifolium has sharp serrated edges on the sides of each frond. Its eye-catching foliage creates a fanfare effect, typically on a dramatically short and stocky trunk, which develops as the plant matures.

Additional information

Common Name

Sotol, Deset Spoon

Height

3m

Situation

Full sun, dry, well-drained soil