Plant of the Month – Bromeliad Neoregelia
Neoregelia Bromeliads, part of the Pineapple family, are native to eastern Brazil and come in a variety of fantastic forms, sizes and colors. Bromeliads are epiphytes, which means that in the wild they live attached to trees catching nutrients from the air and will thrive with little care. A slight dampening of the soil every three weeks, less than an ounce in the “cup” and you have a hardy plant that will brighten your dwelling for months to come.
The symmetry of the foliage emerging out from the center of these painted rosettes makes this something to stop and admire. The interior Neoregelia species don’t have towering flower bracts like other Bromeliads you may be familiar with (like Guzmania and Aechmea), their flowers stay closer to the central cup and their new leaves emerge from this blushing center in purple, pink, orange, red, burgundy, chartreuse, yellow, green, grey, stripped, spotted and variegated colors. They grow in a flat pattern, usually under 10 inches and spreading between 8-20 inches depending on the variety.
Neoregelias can be planted in mass to make a dramatic statement, but are equally as brilliant as a stand-alone plant on your coffee table or paired with other foliage plants. Talk about a conversation piece, it’s practically living sculpture! Place them in bright indirect light and you’ll get a thriving color plant for 6-12 months or longer!
For more detailed information, check out this site on Bromeliads.