Dasylirion longissimum
Mexican Grass Tree

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantBird Friendly
Mexican Grass Tree
Dasylirion longissimum

Unarmed, olive-green, grass-like foliage flows from the center of this perfectly symmetrical, evergreen tree. The leaves move in the slightest breeze and are beautiful and almost hypnotic to watch. Tall flower spikes bloom with small white flowers that attract, butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. Terrific in large decorative pots as well as in ground. Give it plenty of room to grow. Looks especially lovely highlighted with garden lighting. Old foliage can be removed to reveal an attractive single trunk.

Large specimen plant, native to Northeastern Mexico
Attracts bees, butterflies and birds
Easy to grow, needs good drainage, drought tolerant
Pool friendly, patio plant, great in large containers
Great for gardeners in fire prone areas, is considered fire-retardant

Native Range

Native to Mexico.

Interesting Facts

Unlike many plants in the agave family, this one doesn't have thorns and can be planted in high traffic areas.


Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep root system. Drought tolerant, once established. Old leaves can be pruned off to accentuate the trunk.  

Mature Size: 6-10ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

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