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Billbergia pyramidalis 'Kyoto'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Billbergia (bil-BERG-a) (Info)
Species: pyramidalis (peer-uh-mid-AH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Kyoto

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive colorsue On Dec 31, 2013, colorsue from Largo, FL wrote:

Bought 2 unplanted plants for $1 ea. from a box at the University of South FL semi-annual plant sale. Planted both about 2-3 weeks later in yard with weekly sprinkling system. Within a week to 10 days, one plant bloomed a gorgeous brilliant red torch-like bloom at least 6-7 in. tall. What excitement! The other hasn't bloomed yet, now 6 wks. later. I suppose they have their own blooming schedules.

Positive palmbob On Mar 17, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very nice landscape and potted plant- user-friendly (no sharp edges). Grows pretty fast and 'branches' forming small somewhat spread out colonies. Not seen mine flower yet, but grew well for me. One of several nice Bilbergia pyramidalis forms.


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

Ranburne, Alabama
Thousand Oaks, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Maitland, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Seminole, Florida
Westville, Florida
Wildwood, Florida

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