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)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

This plant is monocarpic

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

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Deland, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.