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NEOREGELIA 'Perfection'

Image of Neoregelia 'Perfection'

James H. Schutte

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA 'Perfection'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Neoregelia

Special Notice

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General Description

Sometimes called the world's most beautiful Neoregelia, 'Perfection' produces stable variegation on the dark red leaves. Creamy yellow stripes line the leaves, but in intense sunlight the cream blushes to pink. It was named and developed by Bert Foster in 1978, originating as a sport off of 'Fosperior'. This hybrid bromeliad thrives in areas that are moist, humid and warm. New plantlets arise on stolons from the main "mother" plant and replace it as it slowly dies after blooming.

The stiff rosette of this bromeliad comprises a broad,radial bouquet of concave, sword-like leaves lined with minute sparse teeth. In the center of the rosette is a water-holding cup. In spring or early summer, mature Perfection bromeliads form pincushion-like flower structures in the center which are partially submerged with water in the rosette cup. Tiny lavender blossoms reach just above the water line. Summer heat and direct sun rays intensify the red pigmentation of the leaves.

Grow 'Perfection' 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 full to partial sun beneath tall trees with high humidity. Avoid exposure to freezing temperatures. It makes a nice accent in the tropical border, as a clump in a container or as a massed groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    22"-28" / 55.9cm - 71.1cm

  • 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

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Yellow, Dark Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Pink, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Pink, Dark Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Yellow, Dark Red, 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