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Bromelia balansae

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bromelia (bro-MEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: balansae (bal-AN-see) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ransom3 On May 3, 2013, ransom3 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

It took years for me to learn this plant's identity. It is a very colorful, beautiful landscaping specimen. . I will keep it forever. By the way, this plant produces absolutely delicious fruit that look something like apricots. I like it better than pineapple.Share some space, pineapple. Another plus is that it is tolerant of some freezing temperatures.

Positive bsgardens On May 23, 2009, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very beautiful plant. The only thing I don't enjoy about it, is the very sharp edges. The flowers have a wonderful yet different fragrance. Where thick gloves when transplanting or handling. :D Also a great home security plant.

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

great terrestrial drought tolerant bromeliad with a bright day-glo red center, and thick, compact white flowers with magenta edges. The red color seems to be most prominent during the non-winter seasons, usually 1-3 months before blooming. From South America


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

Upland, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Corpus Christi, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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