Alcantarea Imperialis ‘Silver Plum’
Alcantarea Imperialis ‘Silver Plum’

This dark-red giant can span over 1.5 meters in ten years. The tough, leathery leaves tinge a deep red in bright light. The thick, red flower spike can grow 2.5 meters high, producing hundreds of lightly fragrant, white flowers. Prefers bright light and can withstand relatively cool temperatures.

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Neoregelia scarlet charlotte X Neoregelia medusa
Neoregelia scarlet charlotte X Neoregelia medusa

N. scarlet charlotte has bright green leaves with the most gorgeous scarlet centre at maturity whereas N. medusa is spineless beauty with lovely formed rosette and intense colouring at flowering . A cross between these beauties and you have a lovely plant that deserves a place in any collection. Best in dappled light, with some morning sun to maximise the leaf colouring at flowering.

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Vriesea hieroglyphica
Vriesea hieroglyphica

This is an unusually beautiful plant whose shiny green leaves with dark, hieroglyphic cross bands totally outshine its tall green flower spike bearing pale cream flowers. Given some 10 years, the rosette can spread to about 1.5 metres, earning it the common name of King of Bromeliads.

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Canistrum lindenii
Canistrum lindenii

A large rosette of 50-75cm with an interesting pattern, the broad mottled green leaves have spiny edges and silvery scales on the underside. The inflorescence consists of compact, white flowers surrounded by purplish-pink bracts. Requires warmth, shade, and frequent spraying in dry periods.

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Alcantarea extensa
Alcantarea extensa

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.

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Vriesea cathy (burgundy) X cathy (red)
Vriesea cathy (burgundy) X cathy (red)

A classic cross between the considerably darker, burgundy variety with the dark burgundy-purple floral bract and the brighter, red variety with the red branching bract that could give either colour, or in some cases, a mix of colours. A beautiful specimen, either ways.

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Vriesea ospinae gruberi X tiger tim
Vriesea ospinae gruberi X tiger tim

Eye catching cross between gruberi and tiger tim. A striking and unusual medium sized brom with numerous whitish, light and dark green patterned leaves and vivid yellow inflorescence. The dense rosette can grow 40 cm in diameter and 80 cm high. The vivid yellow flower spike is flat, narrow and sword shaped, and bears numerous lemon yellow flowers high above the richly speckled foliage; these last several months. Prefers indirect light.

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Guzmania decora hybrid
Guzmania decora hybrid

The medium-sized rosette has deep green, glossy leaves with thin, burgundy-red stripes. The short flower spike is red with bright yellow petals and grows close to the plant. It remains in colour for many months.

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Alcantarea imperialis rubra
Alcantarea imperialis rubra

Formerly known as Vriesa imperialis, this dark-red giant can span over 1.5 meters in ten years. The tough, leathery leaves tinge a deep red in bright light. The thick, red flower spike can grow 2.5 meters high, producing hundreds of lightly fragrant, white flowers. Prefers bright light and can withstand relatively cool temperatures.

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Vriesea erythrodactylon
Vriesea erythrodactylon

This compact, medium-sized plant has green leaves with dark red – maroon centres and undersides. The spikes can grow up to 35cm bearing a characteristic red inflorescence with yellow petals.

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Vriesea philippo – coburgii
Vriesea philippo – coburgii

Very hardy plant, can grow in full Sun or dappled Sun. In full Sun the leaves turn light green almost towards yellow and leaf tips becomes dark red. In dappled Sun the leaves remain dark green with brick red tips. Equally stunning without flower and with flower. The red and yellow flower spike can reach up to 1.5 metres high.

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Hohenbergia catingae
Hohenbergia catingae

This pretty plant has a medium sized rosette of tall, prickly, greenish-blue leaves and a tall spike bearing deep pink bracts and purple flowers. Prefers partial to full sun, with leaf colours intensifying in bright light.

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Aechmea blanchetiana – Orange
Aechmea blanchetiana – Orange

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.

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Alcantarea odorata
Alcantarea odorata

This is another beautiful giant alcantarea which can span over 1.0 meters when fully mature. When it matures the leaves gets covered with a silvery white powder which makes this beauty stands out in the landscaping. The inflorescence is tall and branched and has fragrant flowers that attracts bees, butterflies and/or birds. It can be grown outside in tropical areas. It will take many light conditions.

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