Flame red sword turns green after awhile, small yellow flowers only last one day.
The contrast in the striped leaves makes it attractive even when it's not blooming.
Sword can literaly explode with seed, but I have never had any luck with germination.
Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, California
Picture taken in the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, early spring.
I've had no problems with this one - it just takes longer (2 years) to bloom .
4th day of flowering.
Close-up of flower.
Vriesea splendens (a bromelaid). Dark green, variagated growth; orange-red spike.
Taken outdoors 15th August 2008 Canterbury, Kent, England. Tape is in cms & inches as a guide.
Heighley Gate, Northumberland
Southern California, March. Can take temps down to 40 degrees if hardened off. Part sun outdoors.