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.