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Wild Pineapple, Pinguin
Bromelia pinguin

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bromelia (bro-MEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: pinguin


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bushnell, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Lake Alfred, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2012, davidmacmanus from Havana, FL wrote:

When I was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville we had a large bed of them -they are quite spiny, yet beautiful when in bloom and in fruit. They are cold hardy in protected sites in 8b/9a.


On Oct 28, 2010, Mackaysterbelle from Lake Alfred, FL wrote:

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve in Lake Alfred, Florida has several beds of Bromelia pinguin growing in a variety of conditions including dry sand,lake margins, full sun, and part shade. Blooming is stunning with red color developing within the plant interior leaves and forming an interesting stalk of white/red blooms. It produces many large seeds. Spreads aggressively from stolons and will form impenetrable sharp-thorned colonies.