Category: Bromeliads

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Queen’s Tears Bromeliad

Billbergia nutans is an epiphytic bromeliad native to South America which can also be grown in the ground. This bromeliad readily forms clumping narrow upright rosettes which are bronze/green in color, about 2 feet tall. As with most bromeliads, it is the flowers that attract most growers. In South Florida this bromeliad is currently in…
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December 19, 2021 0

Billbergia pyramidalis,

An easy bromeliad to grow is Billbergia pyramidalis, or The Flaming Torch Bromeliad. It is native to northern South America and the Caribbean. It can be grown along the ground as a border plant in the garden or attached to trees. It readily clumps in either growing condition. It grows best in partial shade and…
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September 12, 2021 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Bromeliads in the landscape that form a low physical barrier along property lines. There are many that could be used, but for this article I will focus on three that add contrasting color, and that Richard Lyons Nursery currently has in stock. Quesnelia testudo forms large clumps that can take up a large area and…
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March 8, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

This week focuses on two terrestrial bromeliads. When you talk about bromeliad plants, most people get an image in their heads of plants growing high up in the trees. The reason for this, is the majority of bromeliads are in fact epiphytes. That is, a plant growing on another plant. However, in the cases of…
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April 14, 2019 0

The Imperial Bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis)

Alcantarea imperialis is endemic to Brazil and is one of the largest terrestrial bromeliads. Its leaf color is very variable, ranging from all green to deep purple and various combinations in between.  You may recognize this bromeliad as Vriesea imperialis, its former botanic name.  At 5′ across it can take up to ten years to…
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June 30, 2017 0