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.
NO HOLDING - MUST SHIP IMMEDIATELY
*TRIMMED LEAF TIPS
Great cross. I got this specimen in July, 2021 and set it in a wide pot. So far it’s more than tripled in size and is beginning to overflow the edges of the pot (as in this picture from this past January). It’s been in full sun and doing well - the color does change here with the season (ranging from more red to more green as the angle of the sun changes), but that seems to be typical for several of my Hechtia specimens. Definitely recommend.