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One of the largest in the Bromeliad family the Alcantarea Imperialis (Giant Vriesea, Imperial Bromeliad) can grow as wide as five feet across and its thick bloom can grow as tall as six feet in height. Tropical in nature and a native the mountains of Brazil the Imperial Bromeliad will take 3-10 years to bloom.
The thick dark red stalk will emerge out of the center of the thick rosette shaped plant. The stalk itself looks like an upside down chandelier as small bract-like branches grow off the stalk and bloom a fragrant, white, long peddled, flower. The stalk will grow and bloom for as long as 5 months. Before producing this magnificent bloom one can still enjoy the beautiful foliage that is produced on the leaves of the Giant Vriesea. Unlike others in the Bromeliad family the Imperialis has long, broad, smooth edged leaves with sharp points as the very tip. The top foliage is a light green and silver; while the bottom is a deep maroon.
The Alacanterea Imperialis like bright shaded or full sun areas and well-drained soil. It will flourish in warm weather conditions but can also grow in some cooler regions. This plant will prove and excellent center piece in a tropical landscape.
Largest in the Bromeliad family
Large spineless green foliage with malbec underleaf
Will take 3-10 years to bloom
Bloom is a red stalk with bract-like branches that produce white long peddled flowers
Bloom last for 5 months
Foliage is long and broad with light green and silver tops with deep maroon underneath
Likes bright shaded areas with well-drained soil
GROWTH & CARE
Growing Zone 10a-11
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Mature Height: 3-5
Mature Width: 3-5
Light Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Watering Needs Average Watering
Blooms Early Spring, Late Spring
Botanical: Alcantarea Imperialis Malbec
Plant Directions: Sent with order
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