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PlantFiles: Bromeliad
Alcantarea odorata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcantarea (al-kan-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

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

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gsytch On Apr 8, 2012, gsytch from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

Planted in part sun in my backyard, zone 9b New Port Richey FL (coastal Tampa Bay just N of Clearwater). Tolerated the past winters fine with a light cover....well into the 20'sF (about 27F but below freezing for 10+hours and sleet one morning in '09). It is now waist high and the bloom spike rising. Requires very little care and receives nothing more than occasional spraying and a little food. Grows well with all my other Broms.

Positive kungfoochimp On Jul 16, 2011, kungfoochimp from Wailuku, HI (Zone 12a) wrote:

Nice specimen plant. Needs copious amounts of water. Only tolerates part sun, and then only when watered daily. I was out of the country for 3 weeks, and my house sitter watered "the top", with only minimal amounts reaching the pot. This nearly killed it. Can reach 6' in diameter. Not sure on cold hardiness as it rarely goes under 60F here in Wailuku, HI. Pups have appeared around the base of the main plant. These were easy to remove (with roots) and re-pot.

Neutral htop On Jan 19, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. I believe that the bloom color is yellow. The photos that I have uploaded were taken at the Kula Botanical Garden and the plant was identified there as being Alcantarea odorata. I am not absolutely positive of the identity. If anyone has additional information to corroborate the ID or to suggest another, please let me know.


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

Fort Pierce, Florida
Key West, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Naples, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Wailuku, Hawaii

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