|These stemless Bromeliads form a flat rosette to 2½ feet across, on the ground or low on a tree. The wide, flexible, fine-toothed outer leaf blades often sport purple markings. Short inner leaves blush bright red or pink around a bird's nest-type flower. They tolerate lower light levels than many other Bromeliads. Grow in light, porous, fast-draining potting soil. Water when the surface dries out. You do not have to keep the rosette's central "cup" filled with water. In fact, stagnant water, as well as temperatures below 40º F, may lead to crown rot. Containers can be sunk in the ground in summer, with mulch over the pot edges, and wintered inside. Indoors, they do best with day temperatures of 70º to 75º F, nights between 60º and 65º F, with good air circulation. Boost humidity by placing pots on wet gravel and misting regularly. Bromeliads die off 1 or 2 years after flowering, so grow more by rooting offset "pups" cut from the parent plant. These should flower in 1 to 3 years. Plants grown from seed take far longer. Watch for scale and mealybugs. Fungi may attack plants damaged by insects or sunburn.
This epiphyte's stemless flower, a white dome with dark blue tips, emerges from scarlet bracts. Small spines edge the pungent, dark-spotted pale green leaves.
Attributes - Nidularium fulgens
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: White
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 10, 11
Notes: Container Plants, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.