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Vriesea splendens

Flaming sword

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRed yellow
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Vriesea splendens (Flaming sword). This species is terrestrial or epiphytic bromeliad with dense funnel rosettes of arching linear blue-green leaves with broad dark green, purple-red cross-banding in sheaths. The flowers are borne in mid summer with spike-like racemes of thin red bracts and tubular, yellow blooms.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous or Epiphytic

Origin

Trinidad, Venezuela

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

Offsets in spring

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug, root mealy, aphids, leaf scorch

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