Native to South America, this unique and interesting plant was introduced in Europe in the 19th century. It is named after Prince Von Salm-Dyck, who was an early expert on succulents. However, Dyckias are not true succulents because they do not store their water internally like true succulents. They respond to stress by simply going dormant. This means that they are extremely drought tolerant. They are also one of the most cold hardy of the bromeliad genera. Dyckias have stiff pointy leaves with spiny margins, and typically have small compact flowers. They are great for rock or cactus gardens and are attractive in contemporary garden designs as they display a plethora of beautiful colors.