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cold hardy bromeliads
GROWING CONDITIONS KEY:

SHADE
partial shade
PART SHADE
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epiphyte
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terrestrial
TERRESTRIAL
tropical
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cold hardy
COLD HARDY
damp
DAMP

Each Bromeliad will have more than one preferred growing situation, as most Bromeliads are very adaptable. The symbols explain where they are best suited in the garden, which is not necessarily the situation they are found in the wild. Where the variety is quite happy in more than one situation, several symbols will be used together, for example epiphyte and terrestrial together. Where only one symbol is used, the variety is not likely to prefer other situations.


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  Acanthostachys strobilacea: This small wiry plant is very cute, with tiny yellow and red pineapples which appear just before the Christmas. Very long lasting colour and easy care, needs high light levels, so can be grown successfully on balconies or in the garden. Great in hanging baskets and pots also.
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  Aechmea 'Ann Vincent': A hybrid of Aechmea calyculata and Aechmea caudata. This is an excellent large plant for landscaping. Broad dusty green leaves with blueish tips and bases, slightly tinged with rose.

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  Aechmea apocalyptica: The royal blue and vibrant orange flowers of this small Aechmea really do look like the flames of the apocalypse. Dark olive green leaves, forming a small, upright rosette. Very hardy and able to withstand salt spray, wind etc.

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  Aechmea bromeliifolia: Up to 80cm high, with tight cylindrical rosettes that look similar to some Billbergia. The pine cone head of flowers is quite striking, with large red bracts on the flower stalk. Very tough plants that can handle frosts, salt spray and drought with ease.
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  Aechmea 'Cappucino': Quite a different colour combination than most plants! The classic Aechmea gamesopela type flower stem, but in chocolate brown with creamy white petals. Olive green leaves, forming a medium sized upright rosette.

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  Aechmea caudata: Red bracts and lime yellow florets appear on a metre tall, branched flower stem. Stiff grey green leaves tinged with blue on the tips, form a tall but slender upright vase. Very hardy, able to withstand salt spray, frost, wind etc.
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  Aechmea caudata variegata: Red bracts and lime yellow florets appear on a metre tall, branched flower stem. This grows into a large and stately vase, 75cm H x 50cm W, with olive green leaves overlaid with cream stripes. Mid summer flowering. Flowers last ~ 6 weeks. Good pot plant, excellent as large ground cover, Best in light shade but can take full sun if acclimatised. Very hardy, able to withstand salt spray, frost, wind etc.
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  Aechmea caudata variegated: Red bracts and lime yellow florets appear on a metre tall, branched flower stem. Arching, finely variegated grey green leaves, form a tall but slender upright vase. Very hardy, able to withstand salt spray, frost, wind etc.
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  Aechmea comata: Cute little flower tufts of bright yellow and red sit on 30-50cm stems above this small size Aechmea. The light green leaves are tinged with lilac in high light. A tough Aechmea that is adaptable to most situations.

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  Aechmea 'Covata': An excellent landscape or patio plant. It is very adaptable, producing long dark green leaves in deep shade and grey green short leaves in full sun. Large torch like flower heads of red and yellow appear on short stems in late spring to Christmas. Forms a fast growing dense clump of medium size, spiky rosettes.
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  Aechmea cylindrata: A stately plant which is excellent under dense trees such as Titoki or in ferneries. Pink and blue flowers from November to Christmas. Deep green leaves with a tinge of red in high light conditions. Forms a medium sized upright rosette.
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  Aechmea cylindrata 'Giant Form':
A large form of Aechmea cylindrata which forms upright rosettes up to 50cm high. Each rosette forms on the top of a long upright stolon, which makes this one of the best climbing bromeliads. Pink and blue flowers on a tall flower spike stand out above the bright green leaves.

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  Aechmea distichantha: Large, spiky plants up to 1.5m high, not for the faint hearted. The leaves are silver grey, with needle sharp terminal spines and strongly serrated edges. The stunning flower spike can be seen for some distance and last for months. It consists of rose pink bracts tipped with blue to purple flower petals.
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  Aechmea distichantha var glaziovii: A lovely plant, with a medium size rosette of dark green leaves, lightly banded with silver on the undersides. Smaller than the other A. distichantha varieties and less heavily spined. The flower spike is soft pink, with purple flower petals.

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Aechmea guapariensis: Copper coloured, strap shaped, serrated leaves form a rosette 50cm H x 50cm W. Flowering mid summer with colourful pine cone like flowers. Very tough plants that are great for rock gardens, banks or cliffs. Adaptable from partial shade to full sun, with the leaves colouring to rose in full sun. Salt spray, wind and frost tolerant.
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  Aechmea 'Inky': Miniature Aechmea recurvata hybrid, with rosettes only 5cm H x 7cm W. Autumn flowering, with cerise pink flowers and dark purple leaf colour, which lasts ~ 3 months after flowering. Great in trees or stumps as an epiphyte or clumped in rocky or dry areas. Prefers full sun. Can withstand moderate frosts.
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  Aechmea mulfordii: Stately plants with an open vase shape, up to 75cm H x 50cm W. Prolific grower, with up to 2 offshoots per year, forming solid clumps. Mid summer flowering, with golden yellow flowers on orange stems, that last ~ 6 weeks. Good pot plant, or as a larger ground cover in the garden. Prefers partial shade, but can acclimatise to full sun. Hardy at -3°C if planted under evergreen trees.
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  Aechmea nudicaulis cuspidata: A spectacular plant for placing in Bromeliad trees. Produces bright red and yellow flower spikes just on Christmas. Can be grown over rocks or on the ground also, where it is equally spectacular. The flower stem is more open and hangs slightly compared to var. nudicaulis.
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  Aechmea nudicaulis 'Mary Hyde': Similar to the other nudicaulis varieties in flower appearance and plant shape, but with cream variegated leaf margins. A dramatic plant which looks great planted on Punga walls or nestled in trees. The cream margins and stunning flower spikes can be seen from a distance.
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  Aechmea nudicaulis nudicaulis: As with all the varieties of nudicaulis, this is a tough tubular plant with prominent spines. It doesn't have much root system, so can be grown easily as an epiphyte in relatively harsh conditions. It produces bright red and yellow cylindrical upright spikes in mid to late summer, which are clearly visible from a distance of at least 20 metres. This group of plants look spectacular placed in trees.
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  Aechmea orlandiana: A bizarre beauty with tough, heavily spined, leathery leaves which are wavy in appearance. The patterning is superb, with zigzags and spots of deep maroon and black over light green leaves. The flower spike consists of red bracts and bright yellow petals, which gradually turn into purple berries. Although the plant appears very tough, it is rather frost sensitive.. Full sun is best for leaf colour. Very slow growing.
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  Aechmea phanerophlebia: A large imposing vase-shaped rosette of silver and green banded leaves which are quite heavily spined. Reaches a height and spread of half a metre as a single plant. Relatively slow growing. The outer leaves curve down, while the inner leaves form a tube which supports the dramatic flower spike. The spike consists of many rose pink to red spiky bracts, which last for months in colour. A striking plant for landscaping with rocks and succulents or as a balcony plant in full sun.
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  Aechmea pimenti - velosoi: Tight spiky clumps of green foliage that take on a red tinge in full sun. Autumn flowering. Very tough plants, use in trees or stumps as an epiphyte or clumped in rocky or dry areas. Prefers full sun. Can withstand moderate frosts.
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  Aechmea pineliana minuta: Stiff spiky leaves of solid bronze, barred with light silver on the underside when grown in full sun. Bright red flower stalks appear in winter, topped with bottle brush like flowers in yellow, fading to black. Very tough plants that can withstand frost and full sun, salt spray etc.
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  Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii: Try these little plants in those hard to grow anything spots. Bright pink/red flowers held low in the vase. Flowers from September to November. Hard, spiny, grey foliage which turns bright pink to red at flowering. Small squat rosette.
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  Aechmea recurvata var ortgiesii: Tough plants, ideal for rockeries, banks, rock walls etc. Bright purple or pink flowers held low in the vase. Flowers from September to November. Hard, spiny, grey green foliage which turns bright orange to red at flowering. Small, flat rosette. Able to withstand salt spray, wind etc. Looks great on driftwood or punga slabs. Also quite stylish in rock gardens.
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  Aechmea recurvata var recurvata: Medium sized plants with yellowish green foliage in bright light. The flower protrudes above the foliage more than the other varieties. The whole plant appears to have been spray painted bright red when in flower, quite spectacular, particularly on Bromeliad trees.
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  Aechmea 'Red Bands': Stiff upright rosettes of spiky green leaves heavily banded with dark burgundy. Fairly large plants that can reach a height of 1.0m. Very interesting cone shaped flowers with black petals.
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  Aechmea 'Sauny': Prolific grower, forming dense clumps of shiny green leaves. Autumn / winter flowering, with pink bracts and unusual green petals. Full shade, or some morning sun. Can take light frosts if planted under trees.

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  Aechmea 'Suenios':
A cross between A. recurvata var. benrathii and a cylindrata. Tight spiky clumps of green foliage that take on a red tinge in full sun. Autumn flowering. Very tough plants, use in trees or stumps as an epiphyte or clumped in rocky or dry areas.
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  Aechmea 'Tokuri': (recurvata hybrid) Medium sized plants with yellowish green foliage in bright light. The flower protrudes above the foliage more than the other varieties. Spring flowering, quite spectacular, particularly on Bromeliad trees. Can withstand moderate frosts.
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  Aechmea winkleri: A relatively small, well shaped rosette of green leaves that are tinged with purple at the tips. The bright red flower stem tipped with yellow flowers looks like a miniature Christmas tree. The flower spike stays in colour for many weeks.

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  Alcantarea geniculata: Reaches a span of about 1m, with wide, glossy green leaves. The flower spike reaches a metre high, with deep pink bracts and creamy yellow branches. Very sought after for its size and beauty. This plant can be acclimatised to cope with full sun, or shade. Reasonably frost hardy and able to cope with wind and salt spray.
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  Alcantarea imperialis 'Rubra': One of the giants. This Bromeliad grows to a span of more than 1.5 metres, although it takes up to ten years to get to this size. The thick red flower spike reaches up to 2.5 metres in height, producing hundreds of slightly fragrant white flowers. The leaves are quite leathery and tough and the plant can withstand relatively cool nights for a Vriesea as it is native to mountains near Rio de Janeiro at an elevation of 1,500 metres. In bright light, the leaves take on a deep red cast. Previously named Vriesea imperialis. 5-7cm plants for
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  Billbergia 'Fascinator': A stunning cultivar of B. saundersii crossed with B. 'Windii'
Produces tight clumps of tall, slender, bronze tubes blotched with cream spots. In high light it develops a pinkish tinge. Has gentle arching stems with brilliant red bracts, and blue flowers. Ideal in rockeries or as an epiphyte in trees or on ponga.
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  Billbergia 'Hoelscheriana': An exotic looking plant, due to its' tubular spiny leaves coated with white spots and tinged pink/red if grown in high light.
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  Billbergia 'Muriel Waterman': Wide vases of dark burgundy, banded with silver on the underside of the leaves make this a striking plant, well suited for planting high in trees. The hanging flower spike is also stunning. Very hardy and adaptable from shade to full sun. However, grow in partial shade to get the best leaf colour and plant shape.
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  Billbergia nutans: Flowers in early spring with pink hanging flowers. Leaves are held in a thin, upright vase. One of the most durable Bromeliads. Forms a very dense, weed suppressing ground cover.
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  Billbergia 'Santa Barbara': A relatively small but very attractive Billbergia, with cream and green stripes, which become flushed with pink in good light. Small flower stems with pink bracts and green flowers.
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  Billbergia vittata: A slow growing but striking Billbergia. The spectacular short lived hanging flower stem is salmon pink with deep purple flowers. Ideal for rock walls, planted in a hanging basket or as an epiphyte. Quite hardy at -5°C in the open.
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  Billbergia 'Windii': Relatively wide grey green leaves form an open rosette. The flowers consist of large rose pink bracts, blue and green flowers. The flower stem is often hangs down lower than the plant, so this is ideal for a bench or planted in a hanging basket or as an epiphyte.
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  Billbergia zebrina: Tall tubes of green leaves heavily banded with silver, which develop shades of bronze in strong light. Large rose pink bracts cover the hanging flower spike. Long greenish yellow petals make for an unusual combination. Very hardy and can be grown in a wide range of light levels.
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Fascicularia bicolor: Clumps of tough, spiky grey/green foliage, 40cm W x 20cm H. Over time the multiple offshoots form a tight mat of plants. Summer flowering, with the leaves flushing bright red and blue petalled flowers coming up in the centre. Really tough plants that orginate from Southern Chile and Argentina, so excellent for Desert or Mediterranean style garden, dry rocky areas, cliffs and cold regions. Fully terrestrial.

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  Canistropsis 'Persimmon': This variety has a star shaped flower with an unusual burnt orange colour and tinges of green. It is ideal for pot plants, remaining in colour for up to 3 months and suited to low light conditions. Outdoors, it is best under dense trees, where flowers appear to shine from the shade. Flowers from March to September. Shiny dark green leaves forming a medium sized rosette. Was known as Nidularium bilbergioides, but the botanists have seen fit to shift this into a new genus and attach a cultivar name.

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  Neoregelia 1005: A miniature Neoregelia, only 15cm H x 10cm W. Leaves go golden green in full sun. Great in hanging baskets, rock walls, placing in trees or on ponga stumps. Prefers full sun for intense leaf markings. Can take slight frosts.
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Neoregelia 1016: Tough, leathery rosettes up to 15cm H x 30cm W with pink tipped, dusky green leaves that take on a copper colour in full sun.  Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Can take slight frosts.
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Neoregelia 1017: Forms dense clusters of small, olive green rosettes, lightly spotted with brown. Great for borders, in rock gardens or planted in trees or Punga. Best in full sun or light shade. Cope well with frost, drought, salt spray and wind.
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  Neoregelia ampullacea: Very cute cylinders of green with dark horizontal bands. This small Neoregelia is exceptional for hanging baskets or in trees as it produces more cylinders from stolons which often hang lower than the parent plant. The banding is darker in high light.
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  Neoregelia ampullacea Rubra: Very cute dusky green cylinders with burgundy markings. This small Neoregelia is exceptional for hanging baskets or in trees as it produces more cylinders from stolons which often hang lower than the parent plant.
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  Neoregelia ampullacea 'Zebrina': Similar to the other forms of ampullacea in shape. The dark maroon, almost black mottling and barring give an elegant dark rich appearance to the leaves as the background green nearly disappears.
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  Neoregelia 'Apricot Beauty': The stunning rich dark apricot leaves lightly covered in green spots become most intense in full sun. A fairly tough plant that can handle light frosts and adverse conditions.
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  Neoregelia 'Aztec': Up to 50cm W x 20cm H Prolific, more than 2 pups per year. Great as border plant in sunny landscapes, over rock walls or as an epiphyte. Prefers full sun to bring out leaf colour. Can take moderate frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Born of Fire': A beautiful miniature Neoregelia with glossy copper red leaves, slightly freckled with pure red. Probably one of the numerous 'Fireball' hybrids.
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  Neoregelia 'Burgundy Beauty': Tough rosettes of burgundy leaves, speckled with green. Great as border plant in sunny landscapes, over rock walls or as an epiphyte. Prefers full sun to bring out leaf colour. Can take moderate frosts.
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Neoregelia carolinae x plutonis: Up to 25cm W x 15cm H. Centre turns deep maroon at flowering. Lasts for months. Great pot plant, or as a ground cover in open gardens. Prefers bright light with some morning sun to bring out leaf colour. Can take slight frosts.

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Neoregelia 'Charm' F2: Up to 30cm H x 45cm W Markings intensify in high light and at flowering. Slow, less than 1 pup per year. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers full sun to bring out leaf colour. Can take slight frosts.
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  Neoregelia chlorosticta #2: Relatively small but colourful rosettes of red leaves peppered with green make this a colourful and interesting species. Closely spaced clumps are ideal for planting in trees or on rocks.
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  Neoregelia chlorosticta 'Marble Throat': An interesting small Neo with light green leaves, which are unusual for their heavily marbled centres. Best colour is produced in full sun, but acclimatise the plants slowly.
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  Neoregelia chlorosticta Purple Form: Relatively small but colourful rosettes of burgundy leaves peppered with green make this a colourful and interesting species. Closely spaced clumps are ideal for planting in trees or on rocks.
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  Neoregelia concentrica 'Dusky': Large, tough rosettes of leathery leaves heavily blotched with dark purple to black markings. The purple markings intensify in high light and at flowering, when the centre turns rich purple. One of the favoured landscape species.
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  Neoregelia concentrica 'Lavender Lady': A beautiful cultivar of Neo concentrica. Broad apple green leaves form a flat rosette which at flowering turns deep lavender in the centre.
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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Dark Fantasy': Stunning rosettes of dark burgundy red leaves, up to 20cm H x 45cm W. At flowering, the centre darkens further. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light or full sun to bring out red leaf colour. Can take slight frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Dark Goddess': Glossy green leaves that develop a dusky pink centre at flowering time. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light to bring out leaf colour, but avoid midday sun. Can take slight frosts.

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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Diablo': Up to 20cm H x 45cm W. At flowering, the centre turns dark blood red, which lasts for months. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light to bring out red leaf colour, but avoid midday sun. Can take slight frosts.

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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Ebony Beauty': Large tough rosettes of burgundy leaves, speckled with green. Great as border plant in sunny landscapes, over rock walls or as an epiphyte. Prefers full sun to bring out leaf colour. Can take moderate frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Flame': Glossy green leaves that develop an intense rich red centre at flowering time. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light to bring out leaf colour, but avoid midday sun. Can take slight frosts.

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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Flamingo': Glossy green leaves that develop a dusky pink centre at flowering time. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light to bring out leaf colour, but avoid midday sun. Can take slight frosts.

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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Red Glory': Rosettes of strawberry red leaves lightly splashed with green, up to 20cm H x 30cm W. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light or full sun to bring out red leaf colour. Can take slight frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Exotica Velvet': A sumptuous hybrid bred for New Zealand conditions by Exotica. Released for the first time at the 2003 Ellerslie Flower Show. Fantastic for modern subtropical and Pacifica style landscapes. Intense colour that keeps all year round in shade or dappled light. Ideal against pale or lime green backdrops and groundcovers. Stunning indoor plant, or in dappled shade outdoors. Grows to approximately 50cm high and wide.
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  Neoregelia 'Fireball': Small fiery red rosettes up to 15cm H x 15cm W which grow from long stolons. Colour intensifies at flowering. Great in hanging baskets, rock walls, placing in trees or on tree fern stumps. Prefers full sun for intense leaf markings. Can take slight frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Fireball' x 'Avalon': A good 'Fireball' hybrid with highly coloured reddish leaves splashed with green. Compact rosettes which spread via stolons. Quite hardy and adaptable to full sunlight.
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  Neoregelia 'Guinea': Small rosettes of light green, almost yellow foliage, heavily spotted with maroon. Tough plants that can be grown in full sun, forming tight knit clusters.
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  Neoregelia 'Hearts Blood': A delicate and pretty miniature Neoregelia hybrid. The name is appropriate, as at flowering, the centre of the plant turns bright red, with speckles of blood red on the surrounding foliage. This small Neoregelia is particularly well suited for hanging baskets, rock walls, placing in trees or on ponga stumps. As a ground plant, it will eventually form a light ground cover, which looks very attractive, particularly on banks.
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  Neoregelia 'Hoja Roja': Glossy, deep burgundy leaves which look awesome in the rain. Forms a small flat rosette, which spreads by stolons, producing a carpet of burgundy rosettes over time. Flowers are violet, but generally insignificant.
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  Neoregelia 'Jackie' F2: Wide green leaves tipped with dark red fingernails and mottled underneath with rusty colouration. Fast growing Neo.
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  Neoregelia 'Julian Nally': Another tough Neoregelia, a cross between N. spectabilis and N. marmorata, but with marbled maroon and green leaves with pink red tips and without such obvious silver banding on the undersides. Ideal for rocky areas or steep banks. Flowers are violet, but generally insignificant.
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  Neoregelia marmorata: A striking Neoregelia, ideal for landscaping or on a balcony. Heavily marbled foliage, dark maroon overlaid with so many green spots, to give the effect of green leaves marbled with maroon. High light levels increases the colouring till the maroon turns wine red and almost glows. Lately we have seen several stunning clumps grown in full sun over scoria boulders.
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  Neoregelia 'Mottles': Stout, heavily mottled leaves of dark maroon with green spots give this plant a striking appearance and hardy nature for the toughest of landscapes. The harsher the environment, the brighter the maroon speckling. Similar to Neo. marmorata, but more highly coloured and with shorter leaves.
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  Neoregelia 'Noble Descent': This excellent hybrid provides a good contrast to most other Neos. Light green leaves, which turn nearly yellow in strong light, provide a background for light speckles of red, with red leaf tips and a red centre at flowering. Very tough plant.
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  Neoregelia olens 'Marie': The lime green leaves turn golden yellow in full sun with red speckles and red tips. At flowering the centre turns crimson red. The pups arise on short stolons which make this little plant ideal for hanging baskets, epiphyte planting or over rocks. Very hardy.
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  Neoregelia 'Proserpine': Very large concentrica variety, with broad leathery leaves that turn blue in the centre at flowering.
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  Neoregelia 'Red Bird': Forms dense clusters of small glossy red rosettes. At flowering, the plant turns a more intense red colour. Great for borders, in rock gardens or planted in trees or Punga. Best in full sun or light shade. Copes well with frost, drought, salt spray and wind.
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  Neoregelia 'Ryan's Red': Up to 30cm H x 45cm W. Great accent plant in open landscapes or an awesome pot plant. Semi shade produces best foliage colour, but can plant in full sun also. Can withstand moderate frosts.
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  Neoregelia 'Sailors Warning': Relatively small open star-shaped rosette of bright red glossy leaves with green spots and longitudinal splashes.
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  Neoregelia ‘Sharlock’: Fairly large upright rosettes to 50cm diameter of rich deep burgundy leaves with green spots and slight bands. The leaf tips are rich red. A very striking plant in any situation, but best suited to high light, preferably full sun.
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  Neoregelia 'Short & Sweet': A gorgeous miniature Neoregelia hybrid. The glossy green leaves turn the colour of a good red wine in full sunlight. The mother plant sends its' 'pups' (baby plants) out on long stolons, which are quite capable of growing without a root system of their own. It is particularly well suited for hanging baskets, rock walls, placing in trees or on ponga stumps. As a ground plant, it will eventually form a light ground cover, which looks very attractive, particularly on banks.
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  Neoregelia spectabilis: A tough customer, often called the 'Painted Fingernail' plant for its red leaf tips. Underside is maroon with white cross bands. Ideal for rocky areas.
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  Neoregelia spectabilis Rubra: Even tougher than the species, this variety has leathery leaves of bronze speckled with maroon and tipped with dark pink. One of the toughest Neos around and ideal for rocky areas, over banks and in dry spots.
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  Neoregelia 'Stormy Weather': A small Neo with olive green leaves, heavily banded with purple brown stripes and spots. Quite tough and suitable for sunny sites.
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Neoregelia 'Top Brass': Small cylinders of yellow green with dark burgundy marbling which distinguishes this from the species. The mottling is darker in high light.
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  Neoregelia 'Yellow Bird': A leathery leafed, compact rosette of light green leaves, lighted spotted and banded, mainly underneath, with dark reddish brown.
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  Nidularium 'Exotica Ruby Red': Up to 70cm H x 70cm W. Deep wine red star shaped flower spike lasts for ~ 12 months. Great pot plant, also as an epiphyte or under dense foliage in the garden. Prefers dappled light. Can take light frosts.

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  Nidularium lubbersii: Up to 30cm H x 40cm W. Wine red star shaped flower spike lasts for ~ 12 months. Prolific, more than 2 pups per year. Great pot plant, also as an epiphyte or under dense foliage in the garden. Prefers deep shade.

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  Nidularium procerum: Similar to N. terminale (which may be a hybrid of N. procerum), but the leaves tend to be thinner and longer, with slightly more colour. The flower bracts are also longer and thinner, making for a more open star.

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  Nidularium procerum ‘Red Form’: A new form of procerum that we imported from Brazil. Fairly tall for a Nidularium, with strappy, wine coloured leaves up to 50cm high. Deep wine red star shaped flower spike lasts for ~ 12 months. Great pot plant, also as an epiphyte or under dense foliage in the garden. Prefers dappled light.

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  Nidularium 'Rusty': Excellent for adding colour interest to a green area. Red star shaped flowers held above the foliage last in colour for months. The serrated leaves turn burgundy in high light.
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  Nidularium terminale: Scarlet red star shaped flowers which last for months, are held well above the attractive light green serrated leaves (which turn pinkish in high light).

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  Pitcairnia heterophylla: This plant has a grasslike appearance, except for the base, which is bulbous and quite spiny. It is one of the few deciduous Bromeliads. The very showy red petalled flowers with green bracts appear in spring. Ideal for moist shady areas in the garden where it will quickly clump up.
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  Quesnelia arvensis Red Form: 50cm H x 45cm W. Flower head of shocking deep pink stays in colour for ~ 8 weeks. Great for rockeries, on punga stumps, in mixed borders. Full sun, with some midday shade. Can also grow well in full shade. Cold hardy to -3C

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  Quesnelia imbricata: The very showy orange red flower spike stays in colour for up to a month, above a tube of pale green leaves. Quite hardy and can be grown in a range of light levels.

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  Quesnelia humilis: 15cm H x 10cm W. Winter flowering. Flowers last ~ 4 weeks. Good for rockeries, or as epiphytes on Pongas and under trees. Grows best in full shade, or with some morning sun. Cold hardy to -3C

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  Quesnelia lateralis: Azure blue flower petals contrast well with scarlet pink flower bracts and the scarlet pink flower stem. Winter flowering. Quite a stunner in flower and a good landscape plant when not in flower. Medium sized rosette of tubular green leaves with attractive short black spines and faint silver banding underneath which becomes more prominent in high light.

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  Quesnelia liboniana: Slender tubes of green leaves, tapered near the tip. The curious flower spikes have only 5-10 flowers, but these appear as long tubes of reddish orange tipped with deep blue, almost purple petals. Quite interesting and ideal as a pot plant or as a clump of epiphytes on Pongas.

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  Quesnelia marmorata: This plant is quite distinctive with its tall tubes of black mottled and banded leaves, similar to a Billbergia in shape.. It is quite epiphytic, often not adapting well to growing in soil.. It is native to the coastal regions of Eastern Brazil, and is therefore reasonably hardy. Grows very well in trees or over rocks, where it looks particularly curious. The pink and blue flower spike is short lived, but quite stunning, as for most of this genus.
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  Tillandsia baileyii: Twisted, bulbous shape. 10cm H x 5cm W. Pink branched flower spike with mauve petals.  Use as an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3°C
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  Tillandsia brachycaulos: 10cm H x 15cm W. Forms clumps quickly. Whole plant flushes shades of red at flowering with purple flowers. Use as an epiphyte only, mounted on ponga, rocks or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3°C.
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  Tillandsia caput-medusae: Twisted, bulbous shape. 10cm H x 5cm W. Bright red branched flower spikes stay in colour for ~ 6 weeks.  Use as an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3°C.
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  Tillandsia fasciculata: Stiff silver leaves form rosettes up to 30cm H x 50cm W. Flower spike can reach 40cm high. Develops several offsets after flowering. Best as an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -1C. Keep dry over winter.
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  Tillandsia fuchsii gracilis: 6cm H x 5cm W. Forms clumps quickly. Rose coloured flower spike with mauve flowers. Use as an epiphyte only, mounted on ponga, rocks or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3°C.
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  Tillandsia ionantha: 3cm H x 5cm W. Forms clumps quickly. Whole plant flushes red at flowering, purple flowers stay in colour for ~ 6 weeks. Use as an epiphyte only, mounted on ponga, rocks or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3°C.
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  Tillandsia juncea: 20cm H x 7cm W. Clumps quickly. Silvery grass like foliage that flushes reddish at flowering. Mauve flower spike with purple flowers. Use as an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood. Prefers partial shade to full sun. Cold hardy to -3°C
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  Tillandsia juncea 'Juncifolia': 15cm H x 7cm W. Clumps quickly. Grass like foliage that flushes reddish at flowering. Mauve flower spike with purple flowers. Use as an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood. Prefers partial shade to full sun. Cold hardy to -3°C
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Tillandsia somnians: Individual plants grow to 20cm H x 20cm W. Tall branched flower spikes can reach to 3m high. After flowering, several pups develop on the flower stem. As an epiphyte, on ponga or driftwood, or scrambling through shrubs. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -1°C.
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  Tillandsia stricta: Perfectly shaped clusters of stiff, pointed, silver green leaves form this small Tillandsia. The flower bracts are bright red, topped with blue petals. A hardy Tillandsia which has spread across most of the South American region. Quite stunning in flower and easy to grow.
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  Tillandsia tenuifolia: Clusters of stiff, pointed, silver green leaves form tight clumps no larger than a sparrow. The flower bracts are shocking pink, tipped with bright blue petals. Spring flowering. Quite stunning in flower and easy to grow.
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  Tillandsia tricolor melanocrater: 15cm H x 15cm W. Forms clumps quickly. Whole plant flushes shades of red at flowering with violet flowers. Use as an epiphyte only, mounted on ponga, rocks or driftwood. Full sun, or part shade. Cold hardy to -3C.
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  Tillandsia usneiodes: The fascinating Spanish Moss that is seen in any films of the deep South of the USA. Hanging in dense strands from large Oaks, these also do well outdoors in the North Island of this country. Silver grey strands of tiny plants, which produce tiny yellow green flowers. Each clump we sell is at least 20cm long and is threaded through a shell or on a piece of Punga for easy mounting. For best results, mist regularly with rainwater, or hang outdoors in the rain. Prefers light shade and good air movement. Does well when misted with a very dilute foliar feed occasionally.
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  Vriesea 'afterglow': A striking hybrid from two very good parents. This plant has the colourful purple leaf tips and undersides of platynema, with dark green squiggles from the hieroglyphica parent on the upper surface of the leaves. The 1.0m tall flower spike has numerous deep red flower bracts with creamy yellow petals.


  Vriesea corcovadensis: A small Vriesea which has the appearance of a Tillandsia. Green leaves heavily speckled with red at the base, particularly in high light. The pups arise off long stolons, so the plant climbs well if placed at the base of Pungas or similar. The pale red flower spike is tipped with cream florets.
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  Vriesea flammea: Great for overhead planting or hanging baskets. This small Vriesea has thin green Tillandsia like leaves. The pups are produced prolifically on long stolons arranged symmetrically around the mother plant. The flower spike is red tipped with lime.
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  Vriesea Giant x platynema: Medium to large rosette of green leaves with maroon base and tips. Reddish brown flower spike and bracts with yellow flowers.

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  Vriesea philippo - coburgii: Medium to large, well formed rosettes of leathery leaves. In low light, the leaves remain deep green with brick red leaf tips. In high light, the leaves turn light green, almost yellow, and the distinctive red tip marking becomes more prominent. Quite striking, particularly when in flower, as the red and yellow flower spike can reach up to 1.5 metres high. Quite hardy.
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  Vriesea platynema variegata: One of the more beautiful members of this stunning group. Large deep green almost blue leaves with faint banding and thin stripes of white, tipped with purple and with purple shading underneath (almost too many colours!!). If that wasn't enough, the 50cm tall flower spike has numerous purple to red flower bracts with yellow petals. Sold as seedlings in 5cm tubes.


  Vriesea vagans: A small but pretty Vriesea which spreads via long stolons. Each mother plant will produce 5+ pups at even intervals around the plant giving an attractive appearance. The bright green leaves have black bases. The feathery bright red flower spike reaches far above the plant and is tipped with yellow petals.

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  Wittrockia ‘Leopardinum’: An exotic looking plant, with wide, glossy, light green leaves, edged with black spines and dappled with large patches of dark green, almost black spots.. The spots are more prominent near the tips, which are fully coloured. In high light the plant takes on shades of rose.