|The biggest Bromeliads, they make dramatic focal points for semi-arid subtropical and tropical gardens. Their rosettes of long rigid leaf blades blush red with full sun. A row planted at the garden perimeter creates an impenetrable barrier. Where space is limited, try the smallest species, Bromelia humilis. Its crimson flowers cocooned with white fuzz nestle low at the rosette's center. Give them a dry sunny spot with gritty, lime-free soil. The long, hooked spines pose a real threat to passersby, so plant a safe distance from pathways. Best with minimum temperatures of 45 to 50º F, though some survive a few degrees of frost. When growing, water when soil surface dries out. Feed monthly, but avoid high-nitrogen fertilizer. During winter dormancy they need only occasional misting.
In spring or summer, central leaves turn bright red around emerging flower stalks. White-trimmed pink or violet flowers open from a tightly packed cone.
Attributes - Bromelia balanse 'Heart of Flame'
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: Lavender, Pink
Height: 3 ft. to 4 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.