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Pitcairnia heterophylla

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRed pink white

Description

Pitcairnia heterophylla. This is an epiphytic semi-evergreen bromeliad with rosettes of spiny outer linear leaves to 20cm, the inner leaves are smooth with a white woolly underside they are 70cm. In the summer it will produce spikes of pinkish white flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Epiphytic

Origin

Mexico to Venezuela and Peru

Interest and use

Grown for their overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Some of the species with prefer full sun the evergreen species will need partial shade. They all need well-drained soil. You can propagate from seeds or by division of the rhizomes.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds or by division of the rhizomes.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and mealy bugs.

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