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Dyckia microcalyx, Dyckia

Dyckia microcalyx

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Pitcairnioideae
Origin: Brazil, Agrentina, Paraguay
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Showy bromelia with bright yellow flowers, great butterfly and bee attractor. Prefers bright light (Protect from afternoon sun). Can be used in xeriscape or succulent garden. Dyckias, are generally one of the most cold hardy of all of the Bromeliad genera. While most people are scurrying around trying to bring in the last of their plants before the first blue norther hits, Dyckia growers can sit back and enjoy themselves knowing that most of their plants can take temperatures down into the low twenties, or even the upper teens. Those Dyckias are tough plants. Dyckia is one of the genera in the subfamily Pitcairnioideae. This subfamily contains some of the most primitive Bromeliad species. Most Pitcairnioideae genera are saxicolous (living on or around rocks) or terrestrial (growing in the ground), with Dyckias into both categories (e.g. D. saxicola), although most are strictly terrestrial and all do well when grown as strict terrestrials. The majority of the approximately 120 different species of Dyckia are native to central Brazil, with some being found in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, and Bolivia. Most are found growing among rocks in warm sunny areas. The genus was introduced into Europe during the nineteenth century, and was named for Prince von Salm-Dyck, an early expert on succulents. Although Dyckias have no internal water storage tissue like true succulents, 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.

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