|These exotic flowering tropicals were named not for Pitcairn Island or its discoverer, but for an 18th century London doctor, William Pitcairn. Though they are Bromeliads, most grow on the ground, a few creeping on underground runners. The 260 species include deciduous and evergreen types. Long narrow leaves usually bunch or spiral from the base, some with toothed or spiny edges. Clusters of tubular flowers, or single, shaggy tassel shapes come in white, yellows and reds. Good planted around the base of palms or other feathery tropical trees. Smaller species do well in pots or hanging baskets. They need temperatures above 50º to 55º F, with light shade or sun. Plant in coarse, well-drained soil. Water moderately in summer, less in winter, letting soil nearly dry between soakings. Feed well-established potted plants with diluted liquid fertilizer from spring to fall. Repot at start of growing season. Divide in spring or grow from seed.
The branching flower stalk reaches over 3 feet, with 5-inch, greenish-white flowers.
Attributes - Pitcairnia ferruginea
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Purple, White, Yellow
Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.