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DYCKIA platyphylla

Image of Dyckia platyphylla

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

DYCKIA platyphylla

Plant Common Name

Dyckia

Special Notice

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General Description

Perhaps you'll think you have encountered an interesting new species of aloe or century plant when you first see the multi-colored, spiny leaves of this arid bromeliad. Native to eastern Brazil, Dyckia platyphylla forms a spreading rosette that eventually multiplies into a massive, mounded cluster of plants.

Each leaf is a long triangle and emanates outward from the center. Colored a glossy deep green, the leaf edges are sharply teethed and blush a brownish bronze. The undersides are a bold white color. In summer's warmth, mature plants send up a tall flower spike that reveals many gold to yellow flowers, tubular in shape, that are pollinated by hummingbirds.

Grow this dyckia 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. It tolerates mild subfreezing temperatures as a long as soil is not wet. Even as a houseplant, use care as the rigid, teethed leaves are not delightful to touch.

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"-13" / 25.4cm - 33.0cm

  • 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

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Dark Green, Bronze

  • 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, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No