Bromeliads... Simply Beautiful!

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Alcantarea imperialis rubra

Alcantarea imperialis rubra
(air)

Tough, leathery leaves tinge deep red in bright light, can span 1.5 meters in ten years; thick, red flower spike 2.5 meters tall, produces hundreds of lightly fragrant, white flowers; can withstand relatively cool temperatures...

 

Alcantarea extensa

Alcantarea extensa
(al ex)

A striking, evergreen giant that can grow to 1.5m. The smooth, silver-grey leaves often form funnel shaped rosettes, and bear purple markings in cooler climates. Flower spike can grow to 2-3m, and bears golden flowers. Prefers full sun.

Vriesea hieroglyphica

Vriesea hieroglyphica
(vh)

Shiny green leaves with dark, hieroglyphic cross bands; tall green flower spike bearing pale cream flowers; can spread to about 1.5 metres. Commonly known as King of Bromeliads...

 

 

Neoregelia 'Purple Star'

Neoregelia 'Purple Star'
(purple star)

40-50 cm medium sized rosette with wide, leathery leaves in varying shades of purple and a deep purple centre when flowering; prefers partial sun with bright indirect light...

 

 

Aechmea lueddemanniana var. rubra

Aechmea lueddemanniana var. rubra
(lud rub)

A metre spread of bronze red foliage; lavender flowers that gradually turn purple.

 

 

 

Bromelia balansae

Bromelia balansae
(brom. bal.)

Large, silver green foliage with vicious dagger-tipped claws; can spread up to 1.5 metres. Fiery red when in flower; white felted flower spike bearing purple flowers; drought and frost resistant down to 9 deg C...

Photo courtsy by Dr. Richard H. Knee

Aechmea blanchetiana - Orange

Aechmea blanchetiana - Orange

(Ab-O)

This large, sun tolerant ornamental bromeliad can grow to 1.2 metres high. The foliage can range from green, to orange to red depending on the clone, and will develop its best vibrant colours in sufficient sunlight. The large flower spike can reach 1.5m bearing long lasting masses of red and yellow flowers and purple berries. The orange and yellow varieties prefer full sun while the green variety prefers partial sun.

 

Aechmea blanchetiana - Yellow

Aechmea blanchetiana - Yellow

(Ab-Y)

This large, sun tolerant ornamental bromeliad can grow to 1.2 metres high. The foliage can range from green, to orange to red depending on the clone, and will develop its best vibrant colours in sufficient sunlight. The large flower spike can reach 1.5m bearing long lasting masses of red and yellow flowers and purple berries. The orange and yellow varieties prefer full sun while the green variety prefers partial sun.

 

Vriesea fosteriana rubra

Vriesea fosteriana rubra
(vfr)

Large, leathery chocolate brown leaves with cream bands; can grow a metre tall and a metre wide. partial shade-loving...

 

 

Vriesea platynema variegata

Vriesea platynema variegata
(vpv)

Large, multicoloured, with deep green-blue leaves faintly banded with thin white stripes; up to 50 cm tall flower spike bearing numerous purple to red bracts with yellow petals. Purple tips and underside of leaves...

 

Vriesea Simplex Rubra

Vriesea simplex rubra
(vsr)

Small to medium rosettes of apple green foliage, bright red, hanging flower spike with yellow petals...

 

 

Vriesea erythrodactylon

Vriesea erythrodactylon
(ve)

Medium size, green leaves with dark red/maroon centres & underside, tall spikes with red inflorescence and yellow petals...

 

 

Guzmania decora hybrid

Guzmania decora hybrid
(GDH)

Medium-sized rosettes of burgundy-red pin-striped, deep-green, glossy leaves; short red flower spike spotted with bright yellow petals; remains in colour for months...

 

 

Guzmania berteroniana

Guzmania berteroniana
(guz bet)

Dense medium rosette of bright, marronish green leaves up to 30cm long, colourful inflorescence of orange red bracts and yellow flowers. Prefers semi-shade, warm climates and moist, well-drained soil...

Photo courtsy by Scott Zona

Puya Alpestris

Puya alpestris
(puyaA)

Large, clump-like rosettes of very prickly, grass-like leaves that grows for 3-5 years before exploding into flower in the warm, summer months. The flower stalk, also called the ‘Sapphire Tower’, can grow 1.5 mtrs tall, and towers about a meter above the plant bearing large numbers of spectacular, metallic teal-blue flowers with bright yellow anthers. Extremely drought tolerant, this plant loves the full sun and once established, does not require any extra watering. 

Photo courtsy by Mathew Brennan

 

Canistrum lindenii

Canistrum lindenii
(cani lind)

Large rosettes, 50-75 cm. Broad mottled green leaves with spiny edges and silvery scales underneath. Blooms in summer with purplish pink bracts and compact, white flowers. Requires warmth, shade and frequent spraying during dry spells.

 

Aechmea fosteriana

Aechmea fosteriana
(a.fost)

Highly versatile and low maintenance, this medium sized brom can grow on a variety of surfaces and has a high tolerance to heat and humidity. The coarse leaves have burgundy-purple crossbands and thick green spines along the edges, and grow erect to form a tubular rosette about 60cm tall. The short, showy inflorescence is fairly long lasting and comprises of dark red bracts and yellow flowers.