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Products > Hechtia 'Silver Star'
 
Hechtia 'Silver Star'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (H. argentea x H. marnier-lapostollei)
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Hechtia 'Silver Star' - A small terrestrial bromeliad with silvery leaves. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently. Should prove hardy to the mid 20s. These are selected seedlings from a cross made by Randy Baldwin and Jeff Chemnick between Hechtia argentea x H. marnier-lapostollei in 2014. Hechtia is a terrestrial bromeliad in the Pitcairniodeae subfamily of the Bromeliaceae with such other genera as Deuterocohnia, Pitcairnia and Puya and is notable as being the one dioecious genus, with male and female flowers borne on separate plants. This cross used a beautiful Hechtia argentea that came from Bill Baker as the seed bearing female plant. Hechtia argentea is a rare bromeliad that comes from dry cliffs and canyons in the Mexican State of Querétaro and has a beautifully symmetrical and full rosette of slightly reflexed silver leaves (actually green but covered in silver scales) with faint red mottling and an erect inflorescence with clusters of small white flowers. The specific epithet means "silver" in Latin. The pollen parent, Hechtia marnier-lapostollei comes from further to the south in the Yautepec region of Oaxaca, near the towns of San Carlos Yautepec and San Juan Lajarcia where it grows at about 3,000 feet in elevation. It too is a fairly rare bromeliad with a more open rosette of shorter and thicker leaves that are green but covered in scurfy white hairs. It was first introduced through the International Succulent Introductions (ISI) program in 1961 as ISI 217 Hechtia species but later identified by the specific epithet that honored Julien Marnier-Lapostolle (whose family was famous for Grand Marnier liqueur). Marnier-Lapostolle was avid botanist in France first received this plant from Fritz Schwarz of San Luis Potosi, Mexico and later sent the seeds of it to the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden. It was later named for him by the American botanist Lyman Smith. Both parents are hardy to drought and some cold and it should prove to be a nice plant for a dry sunny spot with good drainage in the garden or in a large broad shallow container. Use care when handling any Hechtia as the plants have sharp teeth and the silver scales can easily be rubbed off which mars the plant's appearance. Avoid overhead irrigation which can also remove these scales.  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 'Silver Star'.
 
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