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NEOREGELIA 'Dexter's Pride'

Image of Neoregelia 'Dexter's Pride'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA 'Dexter's Pride'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Neoregelia

General Description

Deep burgundy-red leaves are the most ornamental feature of the hybrid bromeliad, 'Dexter's Pride'. This semi-epiphytic perennial resulted from complex hybridization among several species and cultivars of Neoregelia. It was developed and named in 1950 by Floridian bromeliad collector, Mulford Foster. This selection thrives in areas that are moist, humid and warm. New plantlets arise on stolons from the central "mother" plant and replace it as the central plant slowly dies after blooming.

The stiff rosette of this bromeliad comprises a V-shaped radial bouquet of concave, sword-like leaves lined with minute teeth. The center of the rosette forms a water-holding cup. In spring or early summer, mature Dexter's Pride bromeliads form pincushion-like flower structures in the center that are partially submerged with water in the rosette cup. Tiny white to lavender blossoms reach just above the water line. Summer heat and direct sun rays intensify the red pigmentation of the leaves.

Grow 'Dexter's Pride' in sandy or gritty soil supplemented with sphagnum moss. It can also be mounted onto a tree branch or grown in a container filled with bark nuggets or coarse compost. Keep leaf bases filled with water, especially if plants are exposed to direct sun rays. Specimens look best placed in partial sun beneath tall trees with high humidity. Avoid exposure to freezing temperatures. This hybrid makes a nice accent in the tropical border. It also looks nice in a hanging basket or massed as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • 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

    White, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Burgundy

  • 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, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No