Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

GUZMANIA 'Denise'

Image of Guzmania 'Denise'

James H. Schutte

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

GUZMANIA 'Denise'

Plant Common Name

Denise Guzmania, Guzmania, Torch Bromeliad

Special Notice

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

General Description

Spineless glossy leaves punctuated with a long-lasting red floral stem, 'Denise' is a showy shade-loving bromeliad. A tender tropical perennial epiphyte (grows upon another plant for support), this cultivar resulted by crossing Guzmania lingulata with Guzmania squarrosa, both native to Tropical America.

The leaves are wide straps with a glossy sheen and are thin and flexible. They are arranged in a rosette that forms a reservoir, or vase, in which rainfall and leaf litter can collect to provide the nourishment to survive. Although it has small roots, they are for attachment only to a tree or moist rock. In spring and summer's warmth, the center of the rosette reveals a short, upright stalk that is lined with orange-red bracts (modified leaves) that are brilliantly showy. Once the stalk reaches its mature height, the tiny light yellow flowers open, attracting hummingbirds. The flowers fade but the showy stalk's bracts remain for weeks if not months later. The plant will also be forming small new plants, called pups, at its base. They will soon overtake the mother plant which will slowly deteriorate and die after its one flowering.

Grow Denise guzmania in bright filtered light both indoors and out in a frost-free situation. It can be grown in a moist, well-draining sandy soil or porous potting medium that is not heavy and allows excellent drainage. Cool evening temperatures with warm days and high humidity describes its best growing conditions. It adapts very well to deep shade and dim interior rooms, surviving well on fluorescent lighting alone. Low light often intensifies the bract colors that develop. Use it as a houseplant or patio container filler, or under tropical shade trees as a groundcover or accent. Also look for a variegated leaf selection of 'Denise', which has the same red flower but with green and light yellow striped foliage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

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

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Light Yellow

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No