Hechtia tillandsioides

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Hechtia tillandsioides is a pretty plant in the bromeliad family. It forms an open rosette of long narrow recurved leaves which are green on the top and covered in short hairs on the bottom giving the leaf bottoms a silver hue. Mature plants bloom with attractive 3-petaled violet-pink flowers.

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Hechtia tillandsioides

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Bakerantha tillandsioides, Bakeria tillandsioides, Hechtia purpusii
  • Common Names:  
    Hechtia Bromeliad, False Agave
  • Family:  
    Bromeliaceae
  • Origin:  
    This plant is native to Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Height:  
    6-12”
  • Width:  
    12-18”
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    High heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun along the coast to light shade inland.
  • Water needs:  
    Drought tolerant but can take regular irrigation in soils with good drainage.
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove spent flower spikes and divide clumps as desired.
  • Uses:  
    This plant works well in containers or hanging baskets. It can also be grown in well-draining soils in wetter portions of cactus, succulent and rock gardens. It needs some protection from bright sun in hot inland climates and would work well under open trees bringing nice color when it blooms. Unarmed, flexible leaves allow it to be used in areas near pedestrian traffic.
  • Propagation:  
    Hechtia tillandsioides can be grown from seed. Mature plants can also be carefully divided to create additional clumps.
  • Problems:  
    Requires good drainage. May be damaged by deer or rodents.
  • Special notes:  
    This is pretty plant in the bromeliad family. It forms an open rosette of long narrow recurved leaves which are green on the top and covered in short hairs on the bottom giving the leaf bottoms a silver hue. Unlike most hechtias, this plant has very fine to no teeth along the leaf margins and quite flexible leaves. Over time the plant will sucker to form clumps.In summer a mature plant blooms with attractive 3-petaled violet-pink flowers on long branched racemes. Flowers are small, but prolific. This plant is dioescious and has male and female flowers on separate plants, so both are required for a plant to set seed. The female flowers are mostly white in color with hints of pink.