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DYCKIA brevifolia

Image of Dyckia brevifolia

James H. Schutte

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

DYCKIA brevifolia

Plant Common Name

Sawblade

Special Notice

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General Description

Cute and rounded, the rosette of this dryland succulent bromeliad truly looks like a miniature aloe. Native to northern Argentina and southern Brazil, sawblade forms a rounded rosette that eventually suckers, multiplying into a large, low mounding cluster of plants.

Each short leaf is a rigid but water-storing spear. Medium to bright green, the leaf edges are evenly lined with tiny silvery white teeth. In summer's warmth, mature plants send up a tall flower spike that reveals many small lemon yellow flowers, each with three petals, that are pollinated by bees, wasps and occasional hummingbirds.

Grow sawblade in full to partial sun exposures in a sandy, fast-draining soil that has some organic matter. Tolerant of extreme heat and drought, plants flourish when water is available in the heat of the growing season, and markedly less in the autumn and winter. Use it as a tropical rockery specimen, in a sunny border's foreground, or a container. It tolerates light frosts temperatures as a long as soil is not wet. Because of this plant's smaller size and smaller leaf spines, it perhaps makes the best choice as a houseplant than others.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    9"-13" / 22.9cm - 33.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    North America, South America, Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Lemon Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No