Hechtia 'Oaxaca' - A terrestrial bromeliad that forms a 2-foot-tall cluster of 12 to 18 inch wide rosettes with rigid silver white leaves that have regularly spaced spines along the margin.
Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently.
This plant was grown from seed collected in 2015 near Benito Juarez east of Oaxaca City in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is possibly the wide ranging Hechtia sphaeroblasta but Hechtia conzattiana, Hechtia galeottii and Hechtia podantha are all gray leafed species that are also in Oaxaca, so are possibilities as well. Our seeding plants have yet to flower and we will wait for them to do so before attempting to identify these plants to the specific level.
The genus was named to honor Julius Gottfried Conrad Hecht (1771-1837), a counselor to the King of Prussia. The specific epithets from the Greek words 'sphaira' meaning "a sphere" and 'blasta' meaning "to bud" or "sprout", likely in reference to the rounded rosettes.
Information about Hechtia 'Oaxaca' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.