Dykia forsteriana & Allens Hummingbirds
Dykia forsteriana is a terestrial bromeliad from Brazil. The deep burgundy red toothy leaves can be a little wicked. The flowers are spectacular and the hummingbirds think so too. Dykia forsteriana produces pups each year and eventually will form a clump 2 feet tall and 4 or more feet wide. Dykia forsteriana flowers start to bloom in early Spring with stalks that elongate into early Summer. The flowers bloom in a few inches near the top. There is a corner of the Cactus Garden at the Huntington Garden where Dykia forsteriana grows and photographers and hummingbirds both gather. Dykia forsteriana is now available with a stunning array of hybrids. All are great for the hummingbirds. Dykia forsteriana is not too particular about sunlight or soil type, though it is possible to overwater them. Dykia forsteriana is Winter hardy into the mid teens.