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Androlepis Bromeliad

Androlepis skinneri

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Androlepis (an-droh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: skinneri (SKIN-ner-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Aechmea donnell-smithii
Synonym:Aechmea leucostachys
Synonym:Aechmea skinneri
Synonym:Androlepis donnell-smithii
Synonym:Pothuava skinneri


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Miami, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 27, 2014, FIREHAWK72 from Miami, FL wrote:

This is a stunning and carefree plant here in South Florida. I have been growing this for about 7 years. First one was a large plant, got to about 4' across and bloomed. This is the only pup it produced, which took just over 4 years to bloom, but this one is nearly 6' across! This is the larger male plant from what I'm told. I also have a smaller much more compact one about the same age which we think is a female, but hasn't bloomed yet.
They both get bright, filtered light all day, with direct morning sun, and are carefree. I've noticed that the amount of red on the leaves varies greatly during the year. Perhaps it gets more/less light as the seasons change. ..?


On Apr 12, 2011, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

I've had the pleasure of growing this beautiful, and quite rare bromeliad for about 8 years. Very tolerant of direct sun, as well as hot, dry conditions- this is an ideal landscape specimen. Mine slowly developed a large colony, which is usually dominated by several mature plants in various stage of bloom. Androlepsis skinneri is a large bromeliad, and armed with nasty teeth along the leaf edges, so choose your site carefully. In full sun, this plant blushes a merlot-red, which is exaggerated if it is "grown hard", abstaining from excess irrigation and fuss. Somewhat tropical in it's requirements, although tolerates brief periods of near-freezing temperatures with minimal damage. Flowers are not particularly dazzling, looking sort of like a white asparagus. This species is primarily... read more


On Dec 18, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have only research on this plant, but am searching for one. This is a single species with its own genus. Quite unusual for a bromeliad -- it is dioecious. The female has a tall spike of tightly packed, tiny white flowers. Beautiful.