Dyckia brevifolia Baker
Sawblade, Pineapple Dyckia
Dyckia gemellaria, Dyckia princeps, Dyckia sulphurea
Dyckia brevifolia is a small clump-forming terrestrial bromeliad that forms rosettes of somewhat succulent leaves. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Leaves are green with small spines along the margins. The small spikes of beautiful yellow flowers rise above the foliage in summer.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Dyckias are not technically succulents, as they do not store water in their leaves like true succulents. Instead, they are xerographic and survive long periods without water by going dormant. Their rosette of thick, succulent leaves will eventually wilt, but recovery is rapid when watering is resumed.
Most of the plants survive in warm regions with heavy rainfall for half the year and arid conditions the rest of the time. This makes Dyckia care slightly challenging, as getting the right balance of moisture to keep the plant happy may be difficult. The growing conditions in their natural setting should be mimicked as much as possible.
In their native region, it is not uncommon to find some forms growing on top of rocks near the water. Water and the cycle of the monsoon season are important features to Dyckia health. They are used to rather poor soil when they grow in the ground and should be planted in a good succulent mixture.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Dyckia.
This species is endemic to Brazil.
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