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A picture of a Flaming Sword

Flaming Sword

Lutheria splendens

Flaming sword (Vriesea splendens) by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

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Vriesea splendens flower

Overview

Lutheria splendens was previously well known as Vriesea splendens. It is a striking evergreen perennial plant from the Bromeliaceae family. It produces rosettes of strap-shaped, colourful foliage measuring approximately 60cm in length. Leaves are grey-green in colour and strongly banded with dark green to red-brown colourations. Commonly known by the name Flaming Sword, this plant is a popular houseplant. Flowers are borne on erect spikes, these are tubular, coloured yellow and surrounded by showy red modified leaves known as bracts.

Propagation

Division

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves