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DYCKIA 'Carlsbad'

Image of Dyckia 'Carlsbad'

James H. Schutte

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

DYCKIA 'Carlsbad'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Dyckia

Special Notice

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General Description

Succulent in its rigid, spined leaves, this arid bromeliad resembles a perfectly shaped aloe. This hybrid has Dyckia platyphylla in its lineage, and forms a perfectly domed rosette that eventually multiplies into a large thicket-cluster of plants.

Each leaf of 'Carlsbad' is a wide and long lance and emanates outward from the center. Colored a glossy medium to bright, the leaf edges are sharply teethed and the underside is pale gray-green. In summer's warmth, mature plants send up a tall flower spike that reveals yellow flowers, tubular in shape, that are pollinated by hummingbirds. Winter dryness and chill can bring out reddish blush on leaf tips and edges.

Grow 'Carlsbad' 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 mild subfreezing temperatures as a long as soil is not wet.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    North America, South America, Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green, Burgundy

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • 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