Flaming Torch, Summer Torch, Billbergia, Bromeliad
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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.