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Hechtia texensis

Hechtia texensis is a rare Bromeliad that screams for attention!  This spectacular Pineapple relative comes from the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and the southwestern tip of Texas.  Its glossy, scarlet & green leaves contrast boldly with its white thorns.  This plant really captures the energy of the desert!  It happens to be easy to grow, and is said to be hardy to about 20 degrees.  It is rarely seen for sale online.

Hechtia texensis

Photo by Stan Shebs

Hechtia texensis is a terrestrial Bromeliad that's found in rocky soil.  It grows to about 18 inches across.  As the plant nears maturity, it develops its vivid, red markings, particularly along the leaf margins.  The colors seem to get the most intense in climates that do not get very hot.  It is normal for the leaf tips to turn brown or grey, which you may trim away if you wish - or leave them on for a rustic look.  The plant flowers in Spring with a 2-foot stalk of modest, white flowers.  A plant is either male or female.  Over time, it makes a cluster of pups, which may be separated - carefully!

Hechtia scariosa

Hechtia texensis is easy to grow if treated like a cactus.  It handles a wide range of temperatures and humidity.  It grows well in a pot in a rocky soil mix.  While it thrives in dry, lean soil, i recommend giving it adequate water and fertilizer the first 2 or 3 years, so it grows quickly to full size.  It can handle frequent watering provided that it's in fast-draining soil.  Grow it in full sun or partial shade.  Overall, this is a very low-maintenance plant.

Hechtia scariosa

Hechtia texensis

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