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NEOREGELIA 'Yin'

Image of Neoregelia 'Yin'

James Burghardt

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

NEOREGELIA 'Yin'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Neoregelia

Special Notice

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

General Description

An pink-blushing variegated bromeliad with a mounding rosette of teethed leaves, 'Yin' has wide green leaves edged with ivory bands. The plant blushes rosy pink in intense summer light. Lots of sun rays in summer makes the leaves look rose, with little hint of the variegation once seen in cooler weather. This semi-epiphytic perennial was selected by Chester Skotak as a seedling from a cross between Neoregelia carcharodon and N. carolinae from the early 1990s. Humid and warm conditions favor perfect growth of 'Yin'. New plantlets arise on stolons from the main "mother" plant and replace it as it slowly dies after blooming.

The open, arching rosette of this bromeliad comprises a radial bouquet of broad, sword-like leaves that are spined. In the center of the rosette is a water-holding cup. In spring or early summer, mature Yin 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.

Grow 'Yin' 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 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.

Both 'Yin' and 'Yang' resulted as seedlings from the same hybridization event. 'Yang' differs in having green leaves, each edged with ivory.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • 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

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light 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

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No