Hechtia ‘Carter’ (rosea x guatemalensis) An interesting hybrid with recurving, succulent leaves in a rosette to 18 inches across. A bronzy-red flush gives the plant an attractive glow. The inflorescence is well branched with pinkish stems and it bears pink tipped white flowers.
Hechtia lanata x myriantha
Both parents of this Ray Lemieux cross of Hechtia lanata x myriantha have some interesting characteristics that should express themselves when the plants grow out. The seed parent, H. lanata, has broad, scurfy, twisting and curling leaves in habitat, which is a tropical desert environment on nutrient poor cliffs.
In cultivation, seedlings of this species tend to have straighter foliage, at least here in sea-level Florida. The pollen parent, H. myriantha, is a giant grower, perhaps the largest of all Hechtia species. Anecdotal stories report that this plant can reach the size of a VW Beetle! The intent of this cross was to produce a large growing hybrid with twisted foliage and silvery scurf. Only time will tell if that will happen.
Note that a photo of the parents in the wild are shown.
Hechtia rosea x marnierlapostollei
A Tropiflora hybrid with our best red rosea (formerly meziana). These are running the gamut from silver to red, some with scurfing, some without, all nice.