Bromeliad, Neoregelia

Neoregelia pauciflora

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Neoregelia (nee-oh-reg-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pauciflora (PAW-ki-flor-uh) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Miami, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 5, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a fairly common stoloniferous Neoregelia. That indicates that it does well on driftwood or on tree branches. Spaceman is correct. It only blooms once, then it becomes a MaMa and has pups, sending them out on stem-like stolons. The pups will mature and each will bloom only once. MN4


On Aug 1, 2005, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have several hanging baskets of this type of bromeliad all over my yard, but for years didn't know what genus/species it was. Thanks to the identification forum on this site, I now know!

It grows quickly and does quite well in the hanging planters (see photos) with hardly any care whatsoever. (St. Pete, Florida, zone 9b). Although I've had it many years, I have only seen a bloom once, probably because it was a very tiny flower (kind of purple or lavender) and remained down inside the cup, where it would only be visible if you looked right down in the middle of one (which I hardly ever remember to do, since the baskets are hanging from tree branches in my yard, at head-height or higher).

(Tiny frogs sometimes live in the cups, too, so you have to be careful o... read more