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PlantFiles: Pinecone Bromeliad, Pine Cone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acanthostachys (a-kan-tho-STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: strobilacea (stroh-BIL-uh-say) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 29, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A native of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, the "Pinecone Bromeliad" gets its name from the red cone-like inflorescence. Bright yellow flowers pop out between the red scales.

It has long, narrow, deep green leaves that are covered with gray scurf. Very spiny.


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Deland, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida

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