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Billbergia Bromeliad, Flaming Torch, Summer Torch

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)
Synonym:Billbergia andegavensis
Synonym:Billbergia atrorosea
Synonym:Billbergia croyana
Synonym:Billbergia fastuosa
Synonym:Billbergia lemoinei


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Light Shade


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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


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:

, (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

Palm City, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, 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:


On Mar 3, 2016, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

More synonyms:
Billbergia loddigesii
Billbergia longifolia
Billbergia miniatorosea
Billbergia paxtonii
Billbergia punicea
Billbergia schultesiana
Billbergia splendida
Billbergia thyrsoidea
Bromelia pyramidalis
Pitcairnia fastuosa


On Feb 8, 2016, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

These are not in my garden but along the roadway where I walk in our neighborhood. There is a patch of them under a huge oak tree that I have enjoyed for years. They seem to have flowers all the time. Even now in February and nights in the 40's they are still producing flowers. Very cold tolerant. I'm sure they are fertilized often since there is a landscaping company always taking care of the easement. They do well in the filtered shade of the oak tree, mostly sun in the morning and evening. I posted photos of them.


On Jul 27, 2015, gappell from Palm City, FL wrote:

Yes, the flower is very beautiful, bright and showy. However, they last only a few days at peak beauty and then die off and look ugly. The plant is invasive, spreading very rapidly and pushing other bromeliads aside. The rest of the year it is just a green plant that is not a particularly attractive bromeliad. You only get one flower per year.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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