The genus Vriesea is known primarily for spectacular inflorescences among its 250 species. Most vrieseas are tank bromeliads with soft and shiny leaves. The mostly sword shaped flowering spikes vary from single to many-branched which are usually colored a brilliant red or yellow. There are many hybrids produced that are just out of this world amazing. Most Vrieseas prefer shade to part shade and adapt to hot (90°F) to cool temperatures.