Little rosettes form on six inch stolons, spreading out horizontally, eventually forming a large cluster. Depending upon light and fertilizer levels, the plants will be reddish-green to bright red. Less fertilizer and more light brings out maximum color.
This miniature species has never been properly classified but remains an extremely popular plant. Outstanding in hanging baskets, in landscape and in terrariums.
This early Skotak hybrid is a cultivar of ‘Fireball’ x ?. Unreported parentage. A small beauty almost the same size and shape of the ‘Fireball’ parent, with the same stoloniferous habit. A nicely variegated plant with reddish leaves in good light and light white to pinkish variegation.
The variegation is in the form of multiple thin stripes or lineations up the center of each leaf. It is a great plant for hanging baskets, for mounting and for use in terrariums.
Neoregelia cruenta 'Rubra'
A deep red clone of this beautiful sun tolerant species. Medium sized, to about 20 inches when grown hard, but can get quite large if fed. A very stiff leaved plant in an upright funnelform rosette. Deep rusty red with silvery crossbanding, it is native to the sun-baked sandy coastal plain of Brazil’s Maca region in Rio de Janeiro state, it is rare in cultivation.
A medium sized plant to about 20 inches across, with ‘almost’ white leaves. Each leaf bears a broad white stripe up the center with just a narrow margin of green on the leaf edge. The center flush at anthesis is bright red.
Best grown in moderate light to keep the white appearance. Stronger light puts a pink tint in the foliage, which is nice too.
Neoregelia ‘Perfecta’ Holiday color! Without a doubt the most popular of all cultivated Neoregelias. Bold green and white variegated leaves form a medium sized rosette to about 20in, flushing vivid red in the cup when in bloom. Popular world wide for interior or landscape use. Dramatic in beds.
One of Grant Groves finest hybrids. A large, robust plant with especially broad leaves in a 24 inch rosette that blushes a bright red with maturity, regardless of blooming.
Festival plants sold 'as is'
Neoregelia x correiaaraujoi
A large growing species from the area between Rio and Sao Paulo Brazil, that excels in landscape in the Florida climate. Very close to the Neo. cruenta-johannis complex and is thought to be a possible natural hybrid swarm between johannis and marmorata but for now at least, it is considered a species. Spectacular in size, with a wide open rosette of leaves up to 4 inches wide, heavily spined and bearing red tips that extend well down the leaf. The rest of the plant is apple green with red mottling. There is no center flush at anthesis.
Neoregelia 'Guacamole' (P)
A colorful, upright growing hybrid of unreported parentage. A smallish plant to only about ten inches across with leaves of 1.25 inches wide in an upright rosette. Brightly colored red with chartreuse spots and bands over fully 50% of the plant. Leaves have a thick texture and are quite stiff. Although we do not know the parentage, it looks to us like it may have ‘Hannibal Lector’ in its background.
A new species that was released for the first time anywhere by Tropiflora. Described in 2011 by Leme & L. Kollmann, it’s large growing plant with four inch wide leaves found in Atlantic Forest habitat in Espiritu Santo and adjacent Bahia states of Brazil. Light green colored leaves that have dark green mottling throughout. In the newer growth the leaves develop white and pink colored patches and the older lower leaves turn a tan color. The leaf edges are heavily armed with large black hooked spines. Truly a rarity and a great addition to ones bromeliad collection.
This Skotak hybrid is a very atypical looking Neoregelia. When young this plant is green colored with faint lighter green spots. As the plant matures the leaves turn red and the spots start to turn white. With maturity the red leaves have some mottling of green and yellow, along with the white spotting. The shape is a tight recurving rosette, forming an almost ball shape. This plant needs good strong light to develop its best color and shape. Cross information has not yet been released.
Neoregelia punctatissima 'Joao Marcio'
A clone of this miniature species that is different enough to deserve a cultivar name in honor of its discoverer; Joao Marcio de Melo in Rio de Janeiro. Introduced by Chester Skotak.