Mexican Grass Tree

31 May

Mexican Grass Tree (Dasylirion longissima) evergreen shrub native to Mexico, slow growing to 10 ft., very narrow cylindrical leaves up to 5 ft. in length spread in all directions, full sun to part shade, very drought tolerant, deer resistant.

This is a stunning succulent if you have room for it.  Forming a dome of blue-green “leaves” that have a wonderful kineticism in any slight breeze. Give it room, it grows to 8-10′ wide & wouldn’t look right if its shape was marred by having to cut the leaves back. Both male & female plants have very tall (10-15′) flower stalks. Female flowers will turn a lovely russet color as the mature. Blooms in late Winter & bees enjoy visiting the flowers. After 50 years or so it will start to develop a trunk – this is definitely an “heirloom” plant that your grandchildren can enjoy. Can be grown in a pot for a good while, too. Great for gardeners in fire prone areas as it is considered fire-retardant. Not hard to grow as long as you provide good drainage. Native to Mexico.

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