Heart of Flame (Bromelia balansae)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves are up to 16 inches in length with sharp teeth along the margins. As plant matures and readies for bloom, foliage color intensifies from orange to bright red.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1/4 to 1/2 inch orange berries.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Rose red with white margins.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Anyone know what this is by Parisi1028 May 3, 2018 6:06 PM 11
A kind of Bromelia?.. by bonitin Nov 6, 2011 8:20 AM 5
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