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Dyckia 'Naked Lady'

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (D. encholirioides x D. brevifolia)
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Dyckia 'Naked Lady' - A very attractive terrestrial bromeliad that grows in clusters with individual plants reaching 1 foot tall and 1 to 2 feet wide with strap-shaped lime-green plastic-looking leaves that are gracefully recurved and terminate in a sharp tip. Unlike all other Dyckia we know of, this plant has no spines along the margins and it is this attribute gives this plant its clever name. In spring plants grown with sufficient light produce tall wands of few-branching panicles bearing bright yellow-orange flowers. Plant in bright shade or morning sun for the best color but plants in deep shade are still very attractive but rarely bloom. Water occasionally to regularly. Hardy to at least 20F. We have not seen damage on this plant in short duration temperatures to 18F (shaded location) and this plant made a list of the hardy to 20F bromeliads that Dr. Dale Jenkins published for the Sarasota Bromeliad Society. A great plant in the garden or as a potted specimen. While some list this as a friendly plant, anyone who has worked around it knows the tips of the leaves are both rigid and sharp so careful placement in the garden or potted collection is necessary. Without its marginal spines this plant is fodder for rabbits and if you have them, an elevated pot is recommended. This plant was discovered by Vivienne Doney (1904 - 1988) at her Monrovia succulent nursery. The name Naked Lady was suggest to her by Aloe hybridizer John Bleck during a visit to her nursery with Robert Foster in the mid to late 1960s. It began showing up in catalogs with this name as early as 1978. There has been speculation that this plant is a hybrid between Dyckia encholirioides and D. brevifolia. It has also been called 'Nude Lady'.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Dyckia 'Naked Lady'.