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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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Common names
  • Heart of Flame
  • Bromeliad

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Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
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Date: 2019-05-27
Location: Tampa FL
Location: Naples, FL
Date: 2016-10-13
Naples Botanical Garden
Location: Tampa FL
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: December 2014
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-02-03
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-02-03
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-02-03
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-02-03
On a wild beach by the sea...
Location: Atlantic Forest, Paraty, SE Brazil
Date: 2010-02-05
Growing by the beach..
Location: Naples, FL
Date: 2016-10-13
Naples Botanical Garden

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