Painted Fingernail Bromeliad
Neoregelia spectabilis

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Neoregelia (nee-oh-reg-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: spectabilis (speck-TAB-ih-liss) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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:

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Edgewater, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Fort Pierce, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Lutz, Florida (2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

Navarre, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Titusville, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alden, New York

Brownsville, Texas

Houston, Texas

Victoria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Dec 17, 2014, anne32132 from Edgewater, FL wrote:

I have several
over 50 that have been in the ground for years. At one point they bloomed a pretty neon pink
and purple tube like flowers but now they do not bloom.
What am i doing wrong

Positive

On Mar 26, 2008, fredrump from Naples, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

an aggressive grower and tough to handle plant. It grows in well semishade under sabal palms.

Positive

On Aug 31, 2005, KiMFDiM from Alden, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

In Western New York, I keep it in the light shade in the summer. During winter, it is kept inside by a south window. I resume watering as normal during winter.

Positive

On Jun 14, 2005, Cearbhaill from Russell, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a most versatile landscape bromeliad for areas where suitable. It grows in sun or shade and is as prolific as all egt out. After having bought only one eight years ago I must have 50 of them now- and all my friends have them also.
They will grow huge and flat in the sun and in a more upright vase-like shape when grown in shade.