These fascinating tropical American
natives come in a wonderful variety of sizes,
shapes and foliage colors.
They seem very
strange and exotic, but one of our most
common fruits, the pineapple, is actually a bromeliad.
Many bromeliads are epiphytes
(ie they live on other plants but do not
those plants), living up in the forks of
tree branches and surviving
the moisture and nutrients they obtain from the air.
There are bromeliads for every situation -
some make very good indoor plants, while others
can be quite spectacular
The plants in this genus are mostly epiphytic. One of the best
Aechmea fasciata or 'Silver King',
which has long lasting,
pretty pink flowers and
is often used as an indoor plant.
The commercially grown pineapple, Ananas comosus is a member of
There are around 60 species of Billbergia, which are colorful and well suited
to growing in the garden
around the base of trees. They
clump up quickly to form good
flower displays, although the
head) on some species is short lived.
This is a terrestrial group from Brazil, which needs plenty of room
development. They are best
suited to warm climates.
Plants in this genus have interesting and varied foliage, and sword
flowers. They are easy
to grow and are good
bromeliads for beginners to try.
True air plants, tillandsias range in size from the tiny T. bryoides
(1cm or 0.4")
to the giant T. grandis which
can grow up to 3 meters (9') tall. Also in this group is
T. usneoides, commonly known
as old man's whiskers or Spanish
moss, which looks like
hanging from the trees. Apart from its ornamental
uses, this material
for padding in upholstery.
Where most people in North America require green houses to grow their
Bromeliads, we here in ZONE-10 can grow them in our backyards, without the
(usually). This makes South Florida Bromeliad Heaven.