(Encholirium horridum x Hechtia rosea (macdougallii) (spineless form) by Ray Lemieux. The first ever in this nothogenera! A large grower to about 5 feet across and 3 feet tall in a full rosette of about 150 leaves. The leaves are 2.25 inches at the base, tapering to a point, almost spineless, with a few random small spurs and average 45 inches long. The inflorescence is 5 feet tall, 1.5 inches thick at the base with 32 branches and is red with red bracts. The flowers have red sepals and red petals. The plant is a spectacular specimen for landscape, blushing bright red in strong light.
Cryptanthus 'Charlien Rose'
A large growing Cryptanthus hybrid by Carole Richtmyer is a cultivar of (‘Nancy’ x ‘Peaches’) x argyrophyllus. This Cryptanthus has 10+ very thick succulent lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant to 18″ in diameter with an open, rounded rosette shape. This plant can attain larger sizes, over 24", in more shade.
The color of the leaves is pink to rosy pink changing to old gold or olive green with age and stronger light with dark grey edges and light scurf covering the entire leaf, both the face and back. A exceptionally nice plant!
Cryptanthus 'Orion's Belt'
An exciting hybrid by Carole Richtmyer, a cultivar of ‘William Richtmyer’ x ‘Roseus.’ A medium grower to about 14 inches across in a rosette of broad, triangular leaves with wavy margins. The color is deep purple-brown, very dark, with dense and closely spaced cross-bands of silver trichomes that are centered on the leaf. A nice colorful, robust hybrid.
Dyckia 'Cherry Coke'
This stunning large cross of Dyckia platyphylla x ‘Carlsbad‘ has many spiny arching leaves in a rosette to well over 18 inches. One of the most colorful of Dyckia hybrids, it has reddish/brown leaves in full sun or a deep burgundy color in lower light.
Pitcairnia heterophylla 'Red'
This is a very widespread species that can be found from Mexico to Peru and across to Venezuela. A variable species which commonly grows on cliffs as a terrestrial, but can grow on rocks as a lithophyte, and in trees as an epiphyte. The plant has two dimorphic leaf forms, one a thin green blade which is deciduous and one which is a short, stiff, spiky leaf which looks more like a large spine. When the plant goes dormant, the spiky leaves protect the bulbous base of the plant and flowers emerge on a very short scape before the new foliage appears. Flowers are typically red, occasionally white and sometimes pink. An easy to grow species that likes abundant moisture when growing, but much less in the dormant season.
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.
A species discovered and named by Teresa Strehl from an area near the city of Porto Allegre in Rio Grande do Sul in the town of Dom Feliciano. It strongly resembles Dyckia hebdingii in general aspect with many leaves in a dense 12 inch rosette. The color is light green with a coating of silver trichomes. The marginal spines are short and serrate. In nature this plant lives on exposed rocky outcrops with little soil, in full sun.
Cryptanthus 'Martini Olive'
This is a 2007 cultivar of ‘Durrell’ x ‘San Juan’ by Steve Hoppin.
The shape is a loose rosette up to 10 inches tall and 24 inches across with shiny green leaves that are wavy and have serrated edges. The leaves have an olive green color that has a hint of bronze along the edge and slight scurfing on the underside of the leaves.
A delicate-looking species with narrow leaves, heavily scalloped with soft spines and a rather tall, branching stem to 6' or so. Has been referred to as Rokautskyia pseudoglaziovii, to which it is similar but differs, and is being called by some, tongue-in-cheek, as 'pseudo-pseudoglaziovii'.
A beautiful undescribed species that has been in cultivation for some years with the name fragrans, unofficial but long accepted. Uniformly bronze colored with stiff, arching leaves in a 20 inch rosette, produces a simple spike of yellow fragrant flowers. A stunningly handsome plant. A prolific and easy plant to grow, thriving in full sun.