Bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Bromeliad
Give a thumbs up Imperial Bromeliad

Botanical names:
Alcantarea imperialis Accepted
Vriesea imperialis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 to 48 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: It can take decades to produce the bloom spike which can reach 6 feet in height.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: small insects, animals, reptiles and amphibians.
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Full Sun Bromeliads by Esperanza Jul 17, 2020 11:15 AM 20
Genus correction for two ... by plantladylin Jul 7, 2017 11:14 PM 7
Alcantarea (Vriesea imperialis 'Rubra') by bonitin Oct 3, 2015 1:40 AM 1
Imperial Bromeliad (Vriesea imperialis) by bonitin Sep 28, 2015 6:44 AM 12
Bromeliad or Agave? by bonitin May 24, 2014 8:30 AM 13
Bromeliads - who else grows them? by Dutchlady1 Jan 18, 2017 9:04 PM 128
Bromeliads by Fred Oct 6, 2020 7:45 AM 4,182

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