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Vriesea carinata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vriesea (VREE-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: carinata (kar-IN-uh-tuh) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annlof On Jun 8, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

Plants can stay outside if temps are above 40 degrees. Prefers shade-morning sun. I've scorched some leaves by putting the plants in dappled sun when they had been in full shade at the store/nursery and weren't acclimated gradually to more light. After flowering mother plant dies (this is normal) but offsets form at the base which mature into new plants. The colored lobster-claw bract can last for months, although individual flowers are short-lived.

Positive jeri11 On Oct 13, 2009, jeri11 from Central, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this plant and Silver Urns by my pond. Last winter I just threw a black pot over them and put a rock on top and it didn't even die back.


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

Camarillo, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

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