T. xerographica (small)

T. xerographica (small)

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It grows from southern Mexico to Guatemala and El Salvador the most common environment being a desert where cool nights produce morning dew that wets the plant. The rest of the day is extremely dry. These plants must survive nine months of the year with no rainfall. One of the most popular species, it is stemless, large and showy.

The leaves taper from wide at the base to thin at the tips where they decurve and contort in every direction, very unusual and beautiful. Its a slow growing species but the advantage to this is the very long lasting bloom, many months from bud to spent bloom. The inflorescence is tall and colorful. The scape bracts vary from salmon to pink, very striking against the whitish leaves. The floral bracts are buttercup yellow and from these emerge mauve flowers. After blooming the inflorescence retains bright color for weeks.

The leaves are densely covered with trichomes that reflect excess light and insulate from heat and sunburn. The trichomes also retain moisture. It's hard to over water his plant if it's receiving bright light but it can be underwatered, going unnoticed till it then receives a heavy dose of water and soon falls apart. You would think this happening would indicate overwatering when in fact the opposite is true.

Suggest growing condition

Airflow: Moderate
Light: Bright light to Direct morning sunlight
Water: At least once every 2 days

*Watering frequency is determined by growing environment.

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