Dyckia sp., Dyckia. Dyckia frigida
Dyckia frigida

Dyckia sp.

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Pitcairnioideae
Origin: Brazil
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A small, slow growing shrub that can reach 2-5 feet tall by 3 feet wide with many spiny, short-lived leaves. It produces lantern shaped, berry-like flowers, yellow, orange in late spring that are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Dyckias are best grown in USDA Zone 9-11 in full sun or semi-shade and with moderately low water requirements. They seed freely, so the ground beneath them can become quite crowded with seedlings that can be transplanted. For growing in regions with colder climates, they can be grown indoors in an unheated area and can also be kept in pots, either indoors or out. When outside they will benefit from a winter wind break or protection from frost. When grown in pots, care should be taken to empty trays after watering and ensure they do not sit in water. They should also be placed in a sunny location to ensure their survival. Dyckia have an attractive foliage greatly amplifying the beauty of any landscape. A combination of their full sun or light shade needs, attractive appearance and low maintenance requirements make them ideal for growing in any sunny area, making them a great addition for any garden.

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