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PlantFiles: 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)

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Good Fall Color

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lightray 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 chanin 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.


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

Carlsbad, California

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