x Vriecantarea 'Julietta'
A giant grower from hybridizer David Fell in Hawaii. This plant is registered as an xVriecantarea but David lists it’s parents as (‘Volcano’s Mist’ x ‘Volcano’s Mist’) and ‘Volcano’s Mist’ is an Alcantarea. So, we are confused, where does the Vriesea come in? We are keeping the xVrecantarea name though as that is how the plant was registered with the BSI Cultivar Registrar.
It looks like a nice clone of Alcantarea imperialis with a leafy rosette of broad leaves, red with a veneer of silver in older plants. Highly decorative, it is popular with landscapers.
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 '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.
Neoregelia hybrid that strongly resembles one parent; Neo. ‘Fireball’, is a small, open rosette about 6 inches across, on 4 to 6 inch stolons and forms attractive clusters of many plants. Full sun tolerant, it is widely used in landscape, but also makes a nice hanging basket plant and does well for mounting. Very popular with terrarium enthusiasts too. Pinkish green with creamy white margins in the shade, it takes on a glowing pink-red coloration in bright light. A choice plant!
A really pretty hybrid from Chester Skotak, growing in a symmetrical, overlapping, 12 to 14 inch rosette. The leaves are green suffused with pink, and have bright .25 inch wide pink margins. Blush color at anthesis is bright florescent pink.
Neoregelia 'Royal Burgundy'
A long time favorite with wide deep-burgundy leaves has become a standard in horticulture. Widely used in landscapes of central and southern Florida, this handsome bromeliad is a beautiful asset to any collection.