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James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

Plant Common Name

Begonia Family

Special Notice

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

General Description

Distinguished by its rosette of stiff, smooth, slender reddish-bronze leaves and by its ornamental, inedible fruit, this evergreen terrestrial bromeliad from northern South America is a close relative of the commercial pineapple. The purplish-white flowers and small, reddish, pineapple-like fruit appear on a stalk that arises from the center of the leaf rosette.

Red spineless pineapple needs a well drained soil and full to partial sun. Insufficient sunlight will result in dull green rather than coppery red leaves. Once a plant flowers and fruits, it dies. It perpetuates itself by offsets, which should not be removed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Gold, Dark Red, Tan, Brown

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No