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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Green, albo-marginated in white; turning bright pinkish-red when grown in high light.
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Common names
  • Bromeliad

Photo Gallery
Location: Tampa FL
Location: Tampa FL
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-04-04
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-07-19
Flowers followed by white berries turning pale lilac-blue at matu
Location: Tampa FL
Date: 2018-06-03
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-04-25
For sale at Lowe's
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-03-02
The beginning of a bloom
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-10-15
Older plant, the pink has mostly faded with summer rains and humi
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-04-03
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  • Posted by ScotTi (Tampa FL ) on Mar 12, 2017 12:41 PM concerning plant:
    The name is derived from (M) Mildred Merkel, (E) Edward Ensign who had sown the seed, (N) Julian Nally who gave the seed to Ensign, and (D) in memory of Ralph Davis.

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