Bromeliad, Lobster Claw, Painted Feather, Flaming Sword
Vriesea carinata

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bright Yellow

Green

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Camarillo, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.