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PlantFiles: Imperial Bromeliad
Vriesea imperialis

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Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vriesea (VREE-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: imperialis (im-peer-ee-AL-is) (Info)

Synonym:Alcantarea imperialis

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Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Burgundy

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive katsudon On Mar 29, 2005, katsudon from baguio city
Philippines wrote:

im from philippines living in one of the coldest part of the contry.
I have this in my garden. they do best in bright but filtered sun. mine already produced 5 pups, by the way the easiest way to propagate this plant is to get the pups that grows just beside the mother plant and planting them in a pots of fern chips. the larger the pot, the bigger it will get. the best fertilizer to use is a weak solution of fish emulsion.

Positive Monocromatico On Aug 10, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a magnificent giant bromeliad, reaching up to 1,2m tall, but can grow up to 2m when blooming, It has large leaves, with a dark green superior page, and a purple inferior page. The spineless leaves form a rosette that acumulates water. Itīs not only important ecologically, but itīs also necessary to keep it constantly full of water. Itīs one of the largest bromeliads of the world, losing to species of the Andine genus Puya and maybe a very few isolated others from other genera (though I doubt they can grow that tall).

The inflorescence is huge for a bromeliad. White flowers protected by large bracts. The color of the bracts may vary from purple to dark green. The flowers atract a profusion of flying animals, from bees, butterflies, to bats and birds.

Itīs a living ecossystem that vegetates on the southeastern mountains of Brazil, mostly on cracks on the rocks with little organic, moist soil, but it will tolerate moderately moist soils, as long as you keep the tank full of water. Likes full sun and subtropical climates. It can be propagated from seeds that will float long distances if you donīt bag the seed heads. Iīm not sure if it will produce any buds or can be propagated by any other way.

Regional...

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

Encino, California
La Jolla, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
Santa Barbara, California (2 reports)
Big Pine Key, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Naples, Florida (2 reports)
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Kurtistown, Hawaii



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