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NEOREGELIA cruenta

Image of Neoregelia cruenta

James H. Schutte

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA cruenta

Plant Common Name

Bloody Bromeliad, Painted Fingernails

General Description

Resembling a massive starfish in the tropical garden, the bloody bromeliad's wide, strappy, light green leaves have showy magenta- red tips. This semi-epiphytic, stoloniferous perennial from Brazil can be found growing in the trees of tropical rainforests or on the forest floor. It thrives in areas that are moist, humid and warm.

The broad rosette of this bromeliad is comprised of a spreading radial spray of wide, sword-like leaves lined with tiny teeth. These olive to yellow-green leaves are tipped with magenta-red and become brighter in intense light. In the center of the rosette is a water-holding cup. In spring or early summer, mature bloody bromeliads form pincushion-like flower structures in the center which are partially submerbed in water in the rosette cup. Tiny lavender blossoms reach just above the water line.

Grow bloody bromeliad in a sandy or gritty soil supplemented with sphagnum moss. It can also be mounted onto a tree branch. Keep leaf bases filled with water, especially if plants are exposed to direct sun. Specimens look best placed in bright dappled light beneath tall trees. Grow in a container indoors or out when growing conditions are favorable. It makes a nice accent in the tropical border or can be massed as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Olive, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Olive, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Olive, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Olive, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No