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NEOREGELIA 'Franca'

Image of Neoregelia 'Franca' PP10816

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA 'Franca' PP10816

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Neoregelia

Special Notice

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

General Description

Long-lasting pink blush over the green and buttery yellow striped leaves highlight the ornamental qualities of the Franca hybrid bromeliad. This semi-epiphytic perennial was selected by Chester Skotak in 1991 as a seedling resulting from a controlled breeding program in Costa Rica. Bright, humid and warm conditions favor good growth of 'Franca'. Numerous new plantlets arise on stolons from the main "mother" plant and replace it as it slowly dies several months after blooming.

The low, starfish-like rosette of this bromeliad comprises a radial bouquet of broad, sword-like leaves that are almost spineless. In the center of the rosette is a water-holding cup. In spring or early summer, mature Franca bromeliads form pincushion-like flower structures in the center which are partially submerged with water in the rosette cup. Tiny white to lavender blossoms reach just above the water line. In the intensifying sunlight of spring, the innermost leaves blush bumblegum pink, lasting for up to five months.

Grow 'Franca' in a 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 or very bright indirect light beneath tall trees with high humidity. Avoid exposure to freezing temperatures. It makes an impressive accent in the tropical border, clumped in a large container or as a massed groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • 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)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • 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

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No