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Products > Hechtia 'Tehuacan'
 
Hechtia 'Tehuacan'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Hechtia 'Tehuacan' - This terrestrial bromeliad forms smallish rosettes with fairly broad light green shiny leaves that have reddish markings and regularly spaced spines along the margin. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. We know very little about this plant except what it looks like and that it was from seed collected at Tehuacan in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Hechtia is a genus of about 50 species in the Bromeliad family and resembles and is closely related to Dyckia and Puya but usually has clusters of small white flowers. Unlike the other two genera, which primarily come from South America, the Hechtia come from Central to North American (as far north at Texas) with most of its distribution in Mexico. The genus was named to honor Julius Gottfried Conrad Hecht (1771-1837), a counselor to the King of Prussia. Our thanks to Brian Kemble for this little jewel that we have been building stock on a selected form since first receiving the seed in 2006.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have 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 Hechtia 'Tehuacan'.
 
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