Orthophytum, Bromeliad
Orthophytum saxicola

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Orthophytum (orth-oh-FY-tum) (Info)
Species: saxicola (saks-ee-KOH-luh) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Good Fall Color

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 19, 2012, Lightray from Carlsbad, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Growing as a potted plant outdoors in Carlsbad, CA and it weathered its first winter fine. Color began to shift to a greener color in the shade, but went back to red when given am direct sun. Plant has formed two suckers after a year, but no signs of it blooming.

Positive

On Apr 10, 2006, chanin from Bangkok
Thailand wrote:

These cute bromeliads are easy to grow and their soft spiny leaves are no harm. There are a number of varieties such as var. saxicola with silver leaves color, var. viridis with yellow-green leaves color and a rubra form with copper-red leaves color which up only in bright to full sunlight. The plants grow well in good drainage potting medium. They can tolerate dry condition for a week or more.