|Dyckia subsp. var.||Sawblade|
Dyckia (after Prince Salm-Dyck, German botanist, and author of a great work on succulent plants). Bromeliaceae. Succulents, grown under glass and in the open in mild winter climates.
Dyckias are almost entirely terrestrial Bromeliads, usually stemless, with the leaves forming dense rosettes. Mature plants of some species may consist of hundreds of individual rosettes, forming dome-shaped clusters several feet high and wide. There are about 100 known species, most native to Brazil and other parts of South and Central America. The leaves are toothed, inspiring the common name, Sawblade. The flowers appear on spikes emerging from the side of the rosette and may be red, orange, or yellow. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and wasps.
Full sun, loose, well-drained soil. Moderate to plentiful water when actively growing, very drought tolerant once established. Protect from temperatures below 18-25F, depending on species.
By seed or offset.
Pests and diseases
Root rot if overwatered during cold weather. Scale insects. Slugs or snails may attack the flower stems.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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