A species from Tamaulipas state of Mexico. An easy to grow species that forms large, silvery-scurfy rosettes. Oddly, the offsets come off with soft, glabrous leaves, developing the scurfy appearance that protects them from the sun, as they mature. The narrow, spiny leaves are rather soft (for a Hechtia) and the tips naturally die back and curl.
A rare hybrid of Hechtia argentea x tillandsioides named after Dorothy Byer. It Is not clear if this is a natural hybrid or a manmade hybrid, but was named by Dorothy along with Dutch Vandervort. Hechtia hybrids are very rarely made as it takes a male and female plant, blooming at the same time, not just two different plants. A large grower with very many narrow, tapering leaves in a full, leafy rosette. The leaves arch gracefully, somewhat recurving. The marginal spines are very reduced, but are sharp and the plant should be handled with caution as the leaf edges can cut your skin quite easily. Shipped bare root.
There are few Hechtia hybrids of any kind which is unfortunate because there are many with great potential. This hybrid has a few cultivars of (texensis x stenopetala) by California Hechtia expert Andy Siekkinen, selected for nearly identical characteristics. This means that it is quite possible to have both male and female plants within this hybrid grex. A very leafy and of course stiff and wickedly spiny rosette with leaves that taper to a long, narrow point and large spines are hooked inward. Depending on growing conditions, the plant can reach 30 inches across and color in bright light to full sun can vary from red to maroon.
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 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.