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Dasylirion sp., Desert Spoon. Dasylirion acrotrichum
Dasylirion acrotrichum

Dasylirion sp.

Desert Spoon
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Ruscaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Arizona, New Mexico
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliage

Watermelon Peperomia (Dasylirion sp.) is a mounding grass-like succulent that features clumps of bright silver-green points and is naturally found on rocky slopes. It typically grows 5-10 ft. tall and as wide, radiating outward in an ornamental fashion with its distinctive foliage.

In order to thrive, this plant needs good drainage, full sun (or light shade in hot areas) and regular, deep waterings. Natural rainfall is sufficient for established plants, but supplementary waterings should be given when the shrub is still young to accelerate its growth. In cold areas of USDA Zones 8-11, it should be overwintered indoors or in a greenhouse when planted in pots. Moderate growth can be achieved by occasionally supplementing summer waterings.

This succulent requires minimal care to flourish. It needs little fertilization, but it is important to use a balanced fertilizer, rich in both micro-nutrients and potassium, without fail. Additionally, consistent and regular watering is a must, as well as providing good drainage and a partially-shaded location. Pruning should be done on a regular basis to keep the shrub looking its best and to remove damaged or dead foliage to allow for healthier growth.

Overall, Watermelon Peperomia is a great option for landscaping and general use. With the proper care and monitoring, it can add beauty and life to semi-shaded areas in any USDA hardiness Zone.

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