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Hechtia texensis S. Watson
Texas false agave, Guapilla
Synonym(s): Hechtia scariosa
USDA Symbol: hete7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This bromeliad, grows in north central Mexico and the Big Bend region of far west Texas, where it resembles Agave lechuguilla, but is easily distinguished by the rich red color of its leaves - either the whole upper surface, or just the edges and tips. The upwards pointing leaves are tapering, 1 to 1.5 inches wide at the base, up to 17 inches long and lined by a regular array of large teeth (lechuguilla have no teeth). In arid conditions leaf tips may turn brown and become shriveled. The small, brownish-white springtime flowers are borne on a branched stalk about 2 feet tall. New plants sprout from the base.
Description provided courtesy of The American Southwest.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Brown
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
Big Bend area of west Texas. Native Habitat:
Limestone terraces, gravel flats.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky, Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam
Attractive, Fall conspicuous, Accent tree
or shrub Use Wildlife:
Nectar-insects, Seeds-Small mammals Conspicuous Flowers:
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1100
Collected 2007-09-04 in Brewster County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-08-12
Research By: TWC Staff