Red Devil Dyckia flowers
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Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 30 inches
Spread: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8
Other Names: Red Leafed Dyckia
Deep green spiny leaves are tinged with dark coppery-red, that intesifies in full sun; interesting orange flowers rise in late spring, and are attractive to butterflies; requires little irrigation
Red Devil Dyckia has spikes of orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring, which are interesting on close inspection. Its attractive succulent spiny leaves remain dark green in color with showy dark red variegation throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Red Devil Dyckia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Red Devil Dyckia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Red Devil Dyckia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 20 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Red Devil Dyckia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.