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PlantFiles: 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)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

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:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral anne32132 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 fredrump 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 KiMFDiM 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 Cearbhaill 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.


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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