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Vriesea carinata

Lobster claws

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourRed, green, purple
  • Leaf ColourPale green shiny

Description

Vriesea carinata (Lobster claws). This species is an epiphytic bromeliad with funnel-shaped rosettes of arching, lance-shaped, pale green, shiny leaves. In mid summer or mid autumn, there are spike-like racemes of tubular flowers with green-yellow petals and red based, yellow-green bracts.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous or Epiphytic

Other common names

Painted feather

Origin

Tropical America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 15C, and will need semi-shade and a rooting medium of equal parts, with humus-rich soil and either sphagnum moss or bark chips used for orchid culture. Use soft water moderately when in growth and sparingly at other times from mid-spring to mid-autumn, keeping rosette centres filled with water.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets or seeds in the spring.

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