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PlantFiles: Androlepis
Androlepis skinneri

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Androlepis (an-droh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: skinneri (SKIN-ner-ee) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
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:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FIREHAWK72 On Feb 27, 2014, FIREHAWK72 from Miami, FL wrote:

This is a stunning and carefree plant here in South Florida. I have been growing this for about 7 years. First one was a large plant, got to about 4' across and bloomed. This is the only pup it produced, which took just over 4 years to bloom, but this one is nearly 6' across! This is the larger male plant from what I'm told. I also have a smaller much more compact one about the same age which we think is a female, but hasn't bloomed yet.
They both get bright, filtered light all day, with direct morning sun, and are carefree. I've noticed that the amount of red on the leaves varies greatly during the year. Perhaps it gets more/less light as the seasons change. ..?

Positive jungleboy_fl On Apr 12, 2011, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

I've had the pleasure of growing this beautiful, and quite rare bromeliad for about 8 years. Very tolerant of direct sun, as well as hot, dry conditions- this is an ideal landscape specimen. Mine slowly developed a large colony, which is usually dominated by several mature plants in various stage of bloom. Androlepsis skinneri is a large bromeliad, and armed with nasty teeth along the leaf edges, so choose your site carefully. In full sun, this plant blushes a merlot-red, which is exaggerated if it is "grown hard", abstaining from excess irrigation and fuss. Somewhat tropical in it's requirements, although tolerates brief periods of near-freezing temperatures with minimal damage. Flowers are not particularly dazzling, looking sort of like a white asparagus. This species is primarily grown for the huge, exotic, foliage, and is a prize amongst bromeliad collectors. Often very expensive, and hard to find.

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 18, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have only research on this plant, but am searching for one. This is a single species with its own genus. Quite unusual for a bromeliad -- it is dioecious. The female has a tall spike of tightly packed, tiny white flowers. Beautiful.


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Miami, Florida

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