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A picture of a Vriesea

Vriesea

Vriesea spp.

Vriesea erythrodactylon by Cliff (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

60cm

20cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Vriesea

Vriesea Overview

Vriesea is a large genus containing around 255 evergreen perennial plants from the Bromeliaceae family. These plants occur in forested and rocky areas at high elevations (to 2,500m high). They are found naturally from Mexico to Tropical America. Vriesea plants produce rosettes of attractive strap-shaped foliage, which are often marbled or patterned. Short-stalked flowers are arranged on erect spikes and are surrounded by showy modified leaves known as bracts. The rosette centres are best kept filled with water during the growing season and daily misting is advised. A popular species, Vriesea splendens is often grown as a houseplant, it is known by the common name Flaming Sword.

Common problems with Vriesea

How to propagate Vriesea

Seed

Division

Remove offsets in spring.

Special features of Vriesea

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves