Flaming Sword

Flaming Sword

Vriesea splendens

This plant is a bromeliad that is admired for it’s flower display so it is a common household plant. that  likes to grow in temperatures of about 75 degrees F and will tolerate no lower than 50 degrees F. It is moderately drought tolerant but grows best in moist conditions.

Native to: South America

Leaves: Very long green leaves up to 1 1/2 feet in length with cross bands of dark brown/ purple (zebra-like). They have smooth margins

flowers: The bract is bright red and sword shaped that can grow up to 2 feet tall. These flowers bloom in late summer to early fall. It can also have small tubular greenish-yellow flowers.

Fruit/seed: The fruit of this plant is very hard to see but they are tiny small capsules.

seed dispersal: The seeds are dispersed by the wind.

pollination: Hummingbirds are the key pollinators and the fruits that follow pollination are inconspicuous capsules.

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1.5 to 2 feet wide

interesting facts: non-toxic to humans and is commonly used as a decorative piece. The plant dies after flowering and if it does not bloom it could be due to over watering.

Vriesea splendensphoto (1)seeds

Sources:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b572

http://www.houseplantsexpert.com/flaming-sword-bromeliad.html

http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/vriesea-splendens/

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