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Alcantarea Bromeliad, Fragrant Alcantarea

Alcantarea odorata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcantarea (al-kan-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Fort Pierce, Florida

Key West, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Naples, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Wailuku, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2012, gsytch from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

Planted in part sun in my backyard, zone 9b New Port Richey FL (coastal Tampa Bay just N of Clearwater). Tolerated the past winters fine with a light cover....well into the 20'sF (about 27F but below freezing for 10+hours and sleet one morning in '09). It is now waist high and the bloom spike rising. Requires very little care and receives nothing more than occasional spraying and a little food. Grows well with all my other Broms.


On Jul 16, 2011, kungfoochimp from Wailuku, HI (Zone 12a) wrote:

Nice specimen plant. Needs copious amounts of water. Only tolerates part sun, and then only when watered daily. I was out of the country for 3 weeks, and my house sitter watered "the top", with only minimal amounts reaching the pot. This nearly killed it. Can reach 6' in diameter. Not sure on cold hardiness as it rarely goes under 60F here in Wailuku, HI. Pups have appeared around the base of the main plant. These were easy to remove (with roots) and re-pot.


On Jan 19, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. I believe that the bloom color is yellow. The photos that I have uploaded were taken at the Kula Botanical Garden and the plant was identified there as being Alcantarea odorata. I am not absolutely positive of the identity. If anyone has additional information to corroborate the ID or to suggest another, please let me know.