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Bromeliads

Bromeliads are members of a plant family called Bromeliaceae. The family contains over 3000 described species in approximately 56 genera plus thousands of hybrids. The most well known bromeliad is the pineapple. Plants are widely represented in their natural climates across the Americas. They can be found at altitudes from sea level to 4200 meters, from rainforests to deserts. Approximately half the species are epiphytes, some are lithophytes, and some are terrestrial. Accordingly, these plants can be found in the Andean highlands, from northern Chile to Colombia, in the Sechura Desert of coastal Peru, in the cloud forests of Central and South America, in southern United States from southern Virginia to Florida to Texas, and in far southern Arizona.

In general, they are easy to grow, require little care and reward the grower with brilliant  blooms and spectacular ornamental foliage. They come in a wide range of sizes from tiny miniatures to giants. They can be grown indoors in cooler climates and can also be used outdoors where temperatures stay above freezing. 

Bromeliads have enjoyed a worldwide surge of popularity during the last 3 decades. For some, the thrill of acquiring new plants for their collection has never been as huge and exciting as it is today, not to mention social media is exploding with bromeliad fans. With such diverse variety, the subject of Bromeliads is extensive and the fun part is you never stop learning. Bromeliads... the most interesting plants in the world!

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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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    Hohenbergia 'Sandra's Mountain' is a terrific upright, fat, vase-shaped species with a tight rosette. The foliage gets shades of purple from the tips inward if grown in brighter light. Because most Hohenbergia prefer lower light than the genus Aechmea, you should be careful not to change the growing condition too suddenly by moving it from shade to full sun, which will of course sunburn it. This alien-like plant species was collected by Leme next to Sandra's property in Brazil. Extra rare.

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    Vriesea Gigantea var. Seideliana aka 'Nova'. A spectacular clone of the original Brazilian species 'gigantea'. The rosette reaches a massive 30 inches wide, with strap like green leaves, tessellated with light yellowish-green. As the plant matures, the striations become almost white. A shade lover and frost-tender plant. Large specimens are much sought for the interior and patioscape trade. A slow grower that makes a great terrarium plant when young. An excellent grower responding to pot size and fertilizer to reach its maximum size. 'Nova' is very similar to the original, wild clone 'gigantea' which is commonly seen as an epiphyte or lithophyte in its native range.

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