Deuterocohnia scapigera (Rauh & L.Hrom.) M.A.Spencer & L.B.Sm.
Abromeitiella scapigera, Deuterocohnia scapigera subsp. scapigera
This species is native to Bolivia.
Deuterocohnia scapigera is a terrestrial bromeliad that forms a dense mound of rosettes of dark-green leaves with sharp tips and margins with small spines. The leaves are lance-shaped and up to 10 inches (25 cm) long.
Flowers are small, tubular, and greenish-yellow and appear for the center of the rosettes in winter and spring. The rosettes do not die after blooming and often rebloom on the same flower spike.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Deuterocohnia is a perennial Bromeliad that forms an interesting mounding ground cover. It grows very slowly into a tight cushion-shaped colony. In its native environments, it is watered perhaps only twice a year, obtaining most of its moisture from the air itself. It can obtain extra moisture from ocean fogs that roll in.
This is a nice plant for a small-scale ground cover in rock or succulent gardens. Deuterocohnia makes an interesting specimen plant in containers.
Grow your Deuterocohnia in well-drained humus-rich soil with added pebbles, perlite, hardwood bark, or other material to facilitate drainage. Keep in bright light or part sun and water moderately in spring and summer, letting it dry between waterings. Limit water during winter. It is probably one of the cold hardiest of the Bromeliads, but detesting winter wet on its foliage proves difficult to keep outside.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Deuterocohnia.
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