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Ochagavia litoralis - Cardoncillo
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Chile (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Fascicularia litoralis, C. carnea, Hort.]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Ochagavia litoralis (Cardoncillo) - This terrestrial bromeliad is native to coastal central Chile from Illapel, Coquimbo, to Colchagua where it forms great colonies on rocks of coastal cliffs. In cultivation an individual plant eventually forms clumps of rosettes with 1 foot long recurved spine-margined leaves that are gray-green above and white below. In late summer or fall appear tight heads of pink flowers on short stalks from the center of the rosette. Plants don't flower every year but seem to flower at least alternate years in our Santa Barbara Garden. It has been speculated by some growers that cooler temperatures trigger bloom. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil or large pot and irrigate only occasionally. We know this plant is hardy to 18 F as it survived this temperature in our 1990 freeze and was unblemished. The genus Ochagavia is closely related to Fascicularia with 4 species endemic to Chile or the Juan Fernandez Islands off the Chilean Coast .  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ochagavia litoralis.
 
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