I think these are bromeliads, they were just a green color and then the center turned orange and then I noticed these blooms growing from the center. i am really curious to know more about them. They are also very prickly too.
need help identifying
This forum is for questions about using the Plant Files database--more people will see your question and you'll get a faster identification if you post in the Plant ID forum instead: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/plantid/all/