Flaming Torch, Summer Torch, Billbergia, Bromeliad
Billbergia pyramidalis

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Billbergia (bil-BERG-a) (Info)
Species: pyramidalis (peer-uh-mid-AH-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:

Light Shade

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

, (3 reports)

Los Angeles, California

San Diego, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Malabar, Florida

Naples, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Safety Harbor, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Kapaa, Hawaii

West Orange, New Jersey

Caguas, Puerto Rico

Brownsville, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

5
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 4, 2013, minpin3165 from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have a large bunch alongside our pond in backyard and they have started to flower a week ago so now they are all out and looking beautiful. the colors are just gorgeous.

Positive

On Jan 3, 2011, SouthernGal from Naples, FL wrote:

This plant is a show stopper! I recommend planting them in mass around the base of a tree or in large swooping planting areas. Every few years I get a crop of snails and have to put some bait down but they are still very controllable. Mine came from the Sarasota Garden Club grounds after downsizing the area under an oak. They remind me of when I lived there.

Positive

On Apr 20, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

These plants stack up when planted under trees. They flower in August and are beautiful for a few weeks. They are very showy here in central Florida. Mosquitos love to breed in them, so don't plant them close to the porch.

Positive

On Jul 11, 2006, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Wonderful plant to have. Does not ask for much attention. A farmer-friend told me that his father used to tell him that if banana peels are put into this plant (not the soil), it gives frequent blooms! He shared that information with me and I am going to try this season, 2006. The colour is a lovely shade of red, bright but not dark. The blue stigma and yellow stamens add to joy if looked from close range. Very striking!

Positive

On Oct 16, 2004, Delisa from Wildwood, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant was a gift from a friend a few years ago. You can never have to many of them. I have never watered or fertilized and there are new plants that bloom every year. This plant is very bright red. One of my favorite all time plants. Plant DOES NOT have spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling