Hechtia

The Hechtia genus contains 50 species hailing from Mexico, Central America and Texas. Hechtias are small to enormous bromeliads that are highly adapted to desert conditions. Though they can bear long periods without water, they respond well to regular watering and fertilizing during the summer growing period, tapering off greatly during the winter. Like Dyckias, they love full sun, and will demonstrate better coloring in proper light. They range from silver-white to almost neon orange and red. The flower scape can be anywhere from a few inches to a few feet, bearing many white flowers. An exception is Hechtia rosea, which boasts huge scapes of bright red flowers.