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.
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.
Sotol, Deset Spoon
Full sun, dry, well-drained soil