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Dyckia platyphylla - Wide-leafed Dyckia

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
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 platyphylla (Wide-leafed Dyckia) - A very attractive terrestrial bromeliad that grows in clusters with individual plants reaching 8 inches tall with rosettes to 1 foot wide and having short wide glossy deep green leaves that blush bronze to even purple in full sun and are covered in silvery scales beneath and attractive whitish teeth along the margins. Does not seem to flower regularly but in spring to summer can appear the attractive 2 to 3 foot tall stalks of yellow-orange flowers. Plant in full , part sun or light shade. Though this plant is not listed by some as frost hardy, others report it able to handle 15F and we have found it undamaged in temperatures in the low 20s F. The similar Dyckia brevifolia is often listed as hardier and there is confusion between these two but Dyckia brevifolia is supposed to have distinct parallel lines on the leaf undersides while Dyckia platyphylla has a solid scurfy cover of silver scales. This is a great plant in the garden or as a potted specimen where a green or bronze coloration is needed to contrast with other foliage colors. Lyman Bradford Smith (1904-1997), who life's work was the taxonomy of South American flowering plants and in particularly the bromeliads, described this plant in 1970 with the indication that it was collected by Mulford Bateman Foster (Father of the Bromeliads) in 1969 (: Foster 2489) at a location indicated only as Bahia (?) in Brazil. This plant has reportedly never been found in its natural habitat and there is speculation that it is a hybrid, maybe even involving Dyckia marnier-lapostollei and Dyckia brevifolia. The name for the genus honors Josef Maria Franz Anton Hubert Ignatz (1773-1861) who was the Prince and Earl of Salm Reifferscheid-Dyck whose family ruled an area west of Cologne and Dusseldorf, Germany. The name is usually seen as Salm-Dyck. The specific epithet is from the Greek words 'platys' meaning "flat' or "broad" and 'phyllon' meaning "leaf" in reference to this species having wide short leaves.  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 platyphylla.