Flaming Sword Bromeliad… Painted Feather Bromeliad… Zebra Bromeliad-a Vriesea Bromeliads by any other name is still a Vriesea Bromeliad.
Native to Central and South America, there are approximately 250 known species of Vriesea Bromeliads and dozens of hybrids. Some Vriesea Bromeliad owners are drawn to the attractive foliage while others are drawn to the Vriesea Bromeliad plants that have brightly colored flat flower spikes. The Vriesea bromeliad is closely related to the Tillandsia bromeliad.
Like with all bromeliads, the blooms are very dramatic. V. vulcana, V. fenestralis, and V. Favorite are blooming varieties. The V. fenestralis bromeliad has green bract and yellow flowers that smells like rotting fruit to attract bats. In the wild, bats pollinate the B. fenestalis bromeliad. Some of the Vrieseas Bromeliads are more known for their foliage than their blooms. Two of them are the V. hieroglypics, which has banded leaves that are beautifully colored and the V. fenestralis, which has leaves that are long with purplish mottling.
Proper care of your Vriesea bromeliad plant will assure a healthy, thriving plant. Remember the following for Vriesea plant care:
With proper care the Vriesea bromeliad will grow to be medium to large sized plant. A mature plant can grow to 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
The Vriesea bromeliad plant is available for purchase from February to October and usually will bloom sometime between April and July. Once the Vriesea blooms, it will die. The pups will mature and bloom and the cycle will be repeated. It can be grown outside in plant zone 9 (a and b), zone 10 (a and b), and zone 11, but the Vriesea plant is more commonly grown indoors.
The Vriesea bromeliad is a great plant to purchase for your self and to receive or give as a gift. It is a hardy and because of its beautiful and unique foliage it looks good with or without blooms.
Another type: Bromeliad Plant Tillandsia.