Heart of Flame, Heart of Fire, Pinuela

Bromelia balansae

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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