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ANANAS bracteatus 'Albomarginatus'

Image of Ananas bracteatus 'Albomarginatus'

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Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

ANANAS bracteatus 'Albomarginatus'

Plant Common Name

Variegated Red Pineapple

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Closely related to the commercial pineapple, red pineapple is an evergreen, terrestrial perennial from southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. Plants form rosettes of erect, sword-shaped, olive-green leaves that blush red in full sun. Rosettes produce offsets at the base and between the leaves. When mature (about 18 months after propagation), the central rosette gives rise to a tall stout stem bearing an oval cluster of lavender flowers with large prickly red bracts. A plume of stiff red leaves tops the cluster. Pulpy greenish-brown fruitlets follow the blooms, merging to form a succulent, edible cone-shaped fruit that is somewhat smaller than a commercial pineapple.

This bromeliad needs warmth and well-drained soil with ample organic matter. Give it a sunny to lightly shaded site in a warm room or greenhouse, or use it in the landscape in tropical gardens. It is tough and will tolerate some wind, salt spray and drought. Each pineapple rosette dies after flowering, forming new rosettes from its offsets. Red pineapple makes an interesting container plant for a patio, warm greenhouse or sunny windowsill. In warm climates it makes a great barrier planting, deterring trespassers (human or otherwise) with its sharp-edged leaves. The cultivar 'Tricolor' (also known as 'Striatus') has olive-green leaves with creamy margins and red spines.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    North America, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Blue, Green, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Olive, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Olive

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edible, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No