Deuterocohnia brevifolia forma chlorantha is commonly called the ‘Argentine Ball’.
A dense clump forming bromeliad, the foliage forms tight rosettes, small triangular leaves, toothed, and covered with fine hairs which allow the plant to thrive in hot conditions.
Naturally growing in a very dry climate with poor rocky soils, originally called Abometitiella, this is a slow growing plant, that thrives in dry conditions, sun to part shade and has very low water needs.
Flowering in late winter into spring, this is a Bromeliad Varieties that grows well in containers, or in the rock or crevice garden.
Individual plants are only around 2 – 3 cm across, however they continually from offsets and will form a large ball over time.
Propagation is from the offsets rather than from seed and the plant is now known as Deuterocohnia chlorantha.
How to grow Deuterocohnia chlorantha
- Best grown in a shallow pot or trough.
- Use a free draining succulent potting mix.
- Grow in full sun to a little afternoon shade.
- Allow the soil to dry between waterings.
- Cut back on water during colder months.
- Use rain water if possible or allow tap water to stand over night.
Lack of light can cause leaf drop.