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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.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 9
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 15
H1, H2, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm
10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm
Early Summer, Summer
North America, South America, Argentina, Brazil
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns