Dioon sonorence

A beautiful Dioon that can have a blueish color and fine texture.  Rarely seen in cultivation.  A few leaf forms are known such as the desirable ‘Baconara’ form pictured below.  Other localities/forms are Alamose, Matatan, and San Bartolome. 

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Dioon sonorence is native to the state of Sonora and grows in oak woodland in the transition between high desert and oak woodland at an elevation of 615-1200 meters.  Plants are usually found on steep terrain in very dry conditions with annual rainfall between 10-20” (Chemnick, et. al).

In cultivation Dioon sonorense is relatively fast growing and undemanding given adequate drainage.  The narrow leaflets and blue/silver color make it distinctive.  This is a very attractive plant.