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NEOREGELIA carolinae

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Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA carolinae

Plant Common Name

Blushing Bromeliad

General Description

The broad, verdant rosettes of this epiphytic bromeliad blush red at their center as they bloom. It is native to tropical forests of Brazil.

Neoregelia carolinae produces evergreen rosettes of leathery, arching, strap-shaped leaves with finely toothed margins. The leaf bases at the center of the rosette form a tubular cup which catches and holds water. Mature rosettes bear tiny lavender blooms on dome-shaped flower heads that are held within the blushing "water cup." Rosettes die after flowering, producing offsets (pups) to take their place.

This tropical tree-dweller loves humidity, warmth, and a moist, well-drained growing medium. Secure it to a tree branch in a tropical garden or greenhouse, or grow it in a porous potting mix that's rich in organic matter (such as sphagnum or pelleted bark). Keep the rosette "cup" filled with water from spring to fall, especially if plants are exposed to direct sun rays. Water sparingly from late fall through winter. Blushing bromeliad makes a nice border accent or massed groundcover for frost-free gardens.

Among the named selections of this bromeliad are 'Flandria,' with cream-edged leaves and bright scarlet centers. The leaves of variety tricolor have pale yellow and pink stripings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    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

    Lavender, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No