Dasylirion serratifolium

Sandaper Sotol


Dasylirion serratifolium, known as Serrated Dasylirion, is a striking succulent characterised by its rosette of narrow, serrated leaves. Native to Mexico, it thrives in arid environments, showcasing gray-green foliage with serrated edges, offering an eye-catching, spiky appearance.

Perfect for exposed and coastal locations, this is a resilient and low-maintenance choice for xeriscaping or arid garden landscapes.


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Origin: Mexico
Genus: Dasylirion
Species / Cultivar: serratifolium
Common Name: Sandaper Sotol

Plant Biography

Botanically, 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
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

These plants can tolerate sub-zero temperatures when kept dry. Be sure to give them very sharp drainage and cover with horticultural fleece during cold snaps.

Did you know?

Dasylirion are part of the Asparagaceae plant family and when the flower stem emerges it does indeed look like a giant stick of asparagus!
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Dasylirion serratifolium, commonly known as Serrated Dasylirion or Serrated Sotol, thrives in well-drained soil and needs the sunniest, warmest spot you can give it. This striking succulent grows slowly to heights of 1.5 metres. Minimal watering is sufficient once established, as it is highly drought-tolerant and the plant requires little pruning apart from removing dead leaves.

When the plant is old enough to flower, the giant flower stem can quickly reach heights of 4+ metres!

This plant’s unique, spiky foliage and resilience make it an excellent choice for xeriscaping or as a striking focal point in arid or desert-themed landscapes.


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