General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Variegated
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Common names
  • Bromeliad
Also sold as:
  • 'Blanca Alvarez'

Photo Gallery
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-06-09
Bloom still looking beautiful, now purple berries, two nice offse
Location: Tampa FL
Date: March 2017
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-03-02
Up close flower bloom/seeds
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-03-02
Plant in bloom
Location: Tampa FL
Date: April 2017
Location: Longwood botanical gardens
Date: 2015-08
near The Square Fountain
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-03-04
Location: Tampa FL
Date: Dec 2016
Location: Tampa FL
Date: March 2017
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-02-09
Winter coloring, this plant is about 30 inches wide.
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-02-28
Super close up of bloom flower buds
Location: Frisco Tx
Date: 2013-03-30
Cultivar: 'Alvarez'
Location: Tampa FL
Date: Dec 2016
Location: Tampa FL
Date: June 2017
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: January 2016
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-06-25
Side view, undersides of leaves
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-05-17
Flower has turned to purplish-white berries
Location: Deerfield Beach, fl
Date: 2014-05-22
Comments:
  • Posted by pniksch (Garden Grove CA - Zone 10a) on Mar 30, 2013 5:08 PM concerning plant:
    Striking leaf colors. Who needs a flower when the leaves look like this?

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