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ANANAS nanus

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Pao Delal

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

ANANAS nanus

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Pineapple, Piñita, Pink Pineapple

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General Description

Curious as a tropical plant, the miniature pineapple's small fruit is edible, but usually no larger than that of a chicken egg. Native to northern Brazil to Suriname, this is a tender perennial bromeliad that grows as a spider-like rosette.

Long, stiff grayish green leaves lined in sharp spines, looking and piercing skin like curving swords. Healthy two-year old plants send up a tall, slender flower stalk from the center of the leaf rosette in spring's warmth. Atop this stalk is a rounded mass that bears tiny purplish blue flowers, later becoming juicy, forming a little pineapple. The fruit is capped with a small rosette of leaves, called a coma, that will take root in the soil after the fruit naturally decays and drops to the ground. After flowering and fruiting the plant dies, but not before at least one plantlet, a pup, grows from the mother plant's base as a replacement.

Grow miniature pineapple in full to partial sun in a slightly acidic, well-draining soil that has organic matter incorporated. Any soil type is acceptable as long as it is porous and never is soggy. Water consistently in the warmth of spring and summer, considerably less in winter. Use this bromeliad as a specimen in a frost-free garden border or patio container, or as a houseplant where not hardy. Be careful of the sharp leaves in a home environment. The small fruit is edible, but its size makes it better as ornament than a snack.

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

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Gold, Magenta, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • 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

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No