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Ananas nanus

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ananas (A-nan-as) (Info)
Species: nanus (NAN-us) (Info)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral digital_dave On Jul 26, 2006, digital_dave from Springfield, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant was recently reclassified as Ananas comosus var. ananassoides

Positive ksikes On Jul 26, 2006, ksikes from Townsend, GA wrote:

In south Georgia I kept the plants inside during cold weather, they survived and now enjoy the summer sun. I have planted 3 in pots which started flowering in late July. The flower on the pineapple is white with blue edges, absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this plant .

Positive foodiesleuth On Jan 23, 2005, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

A friend gave me three plants a long time ago and I now have several of these tiny pineapples growing in my herb garden area. I use them in flower arrangements sometimes, along with miniature coconuts.

By planting the bunchy tops I keep adding to my plants constantly.

Neutral salvia_lover On Jan 22, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in
Israel wrote:

this plant requires a minimum temperature of 59°F/15°C

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 4, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is an ornamental species of Pineapple from Brazil, cultivated by itīs pink inflorescence, that lately becomes a beautiful small yellowish pineapple. I got a plant from a cutting years ago, and it blooms repeatedly. I have so many buds that I donīt know what to do with them!

This plant has long, whorled, green-grey, leathery leaves with sharp spines. Unlike other bromeliads, the plant isnīt designed to store water in the middle of its leaves, although it has special hairs on the leaf surfaces that absorbs water, so watering the leaves is important.

The inflorescence already looks like a pineapple. Itīs on the top of a 30-40cm tall stalk, also covered with those special hairs (it looks grey). The flowers are tubular, small, purple, and atracts birds. On the top of the pink inflorescence you have another whorl of leaves growing in there.

When flowers fade, the pineaple continues growing, and slowly changes its color from pink to pale yellow, while the crown continues growing, and new buds are formed on the base. Also, at least one new rosette should be growing on the base of the plant, originating the next plant, since this one will die after the fuit ripens.

The ripe fruit looks like a baby pineapple, of the size of a baseball (or a bit longer). It tastes good, but itīs a little more acid than the regular pineapple, the epicarp is relatively thicker and covered with tiny spiny bracts that makes you need to use gloves or something to protect your hands, so many people just leave it.

The crown and the buds of the inflorecence/fruit can be replanted. The new rosette can be left there, since it will substitute the mother plant.

It likes high temperature, moderate sun light, organic soil and regular watering.


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

Key Largo, Florida
Naples, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Seffner, Florida
Townsend, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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