Dockrillia rigida, known commonly as the Rigid-Leafed Dockrillia, is a small shrub native to Australia that will typically reach heights of 2 to 5 feet. This epiphyte prefers semi-shade and moderate water, making it an ideal choice for home gardeners. It is easily distinguished by its vivid yellow, orange fragrant flowers and its succulent-like leaves.
Dockrillia rigida is a popular choice known for its resistance to both drought and freezing temperatures when taken care of properly. As such, it can also be grown in USDA Zone 9-11 outdoors. It grows best in full sun or partial shade, in a well-draining soil. It is important to note that it will not tolerate standing water and has a medium water requirement.
When grown in a pot, it is important to give extra care and attention in cooler climates or for those growing it indoors. When the temperature drops below 40°F, even for a short time, the plant should be protected from frost and moved indoors. Those planting outside in cold temperate regions should build a protective wall around the pot that is layered with a thick insulation layer of peat, bark or hay.
Additionally, it should always be kept warm and in a humid environment, as the plant cannot tolerate long periods of low humidity and extreme temperatures. Soil should be allowed to dry out before watering and fertilized lightly in spring. It is important to water thoroughly and evenly across the flowering season.
Overall, the Rigid-Leafed Dockrillia is an attractive, easy to manage plant. As long as the proper precautions are taken to ensure better growth during cold temperatures, it can add a burst of color and fragrance anywhere in your garden.