Alcantarea

Native to Eastern Brazil, Alcantarea is a group of extremely large Bromeliads, some reaching sizes of 5 feet across with flower spikes 8 feet high. In their natural habitat they are often found perched on the high rocky cliffs of Brazil. Alcantarea require a free draining mix. Pants are tolerant to most conditions with some varieties performing well in either full sun or part shade. The best colors are usually achieved in high light. Foliar feeding with a liquid fertilizer produces good results.

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    Alcantarea odorata is a giant bromeliad species endemic to Brazil, growing to an enormous 5 feet across. The foliage is most impressive with strap-like pointy leathery pale green leaves frosted with a silver powder form a stunning rosette that brings great color and contrast in the landscape. In the right light it has a soft blue tint. The inflorescence can reach 5 feet high and consists of a tall spike branched with yellow fragrant flowers. It can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to flower. A hardy bromeliad that will tolerate a range of climates. It can be used as a indoor plant, outdoor container specimen or planted within the landscape.

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