This Bromeliad Neoregelia sp. is absolutely stunning and one of the unusually large bromeliads. Wide shiny purple-maroon colored leaves are arranged in arching rosettes to form a well in the center into which water is collected and absorbed through modified cells at the base of the them. Color is dependent on how much sun the plant receives, although it will adapt to semi shade but the leaves will turn paler. Small backward facing spines are present along the leaf margins. As yet many specialists have not been able to identify this particular bromeliad species. Great for exotic gardens, it's bold silhouette making a wonderful architectural centerpiece but it will need to be brought inside through winter.
Latin Name: Bromeliad Neoregelia sp.
Common Name: Large Bromeliad
Native to: Eastern Brazil
Hardiness: Frost tender. Will need to be brought inside during winter months.
Growth Characteristics: Symmetrical rosettes of wide purple-maroon colored leaves dependent on sun exposure. Small back facing marginal teeth. Low maintenance.
Sun: Sun/partial shade.
Soil: Free draining gritty substrate. .
Moisture: Use distilled water or rain water. When watering ensure the middle well is filled as most of the water is absorbed through cells in the leaf bases. Do not over water the soil around the plant as this can cause the plant to rot.
Feeing: Do not fertilize as high nutrients turn the plant green.