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DYCKIA marnier-lapostollei

Image of Dyckia marnier-lapostollei

James Burghardt

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

DYCKIA marnier-lapostollei

Plant Common Name

Dyckia

Special Notice

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General Description

Wild imagination? Admire this bromeliad long enough and you'll become creative director for a production of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" or "Little Shop of Horrors". Native to southern Brazil, Dyckia mariner-lapostollei has architecturally magnificent leaves, although hardly monstrous in size. Many consider this the most beautiful species of Dyckia and it slowly multiplies to form a small clump of plants.

Fat and wide, each lance-like leaf often recurves and twists and has backward-angled teeth that look like thick eyelashes. Silvery green in color, the leaf also has a frost-like pattern of faint bronze, silver, green or brown. In summer's warmth, mature plants send up a tall flower spike that reveals a scattering of orange-yellow flowers, tubular in shape, that are pollinated by hummingbirds.

Grow this arid bromeliad 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. Protect from frost. This plant is superb as a houseplant and is remarkable when viewed up-close. You'd think it was a sleeping mutant starfish.

Naturally occurring variety estevesii has narrower leaves with more pronounced eyelash-like spines.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 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

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Silver

  • 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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No