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Pineapple Ananas comosus

Phonetic Spelling
ah-NAH-nas kom-OH-sus
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Pineapple is grown in tropical climates where the best fruit production is achieved. It can be an attractive houseplant or used as an outdoor ornamental container plant that is placed indoors in the cooler months.  When indoors, constant moisture, temperatures above 65 degrees and bright sunlight are necessary.  Indoors, it may not produce fruit for several years and what fruit is produced is not as large or tasty as when grown under optimal conditions.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Pineapple can be affected by wilt and root rot.  Mealybugs, scale, thrips, and nematodes can also be issues.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#tropical#evergreen#yellow#poisonous#houseplant#container plant#pink flowers#frost tender#interiorscape#winter interest#prickles#yellow fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ananas
    Species:
    comosus
    Family:
    Bromeliaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America
    Fire Risk Rating:
    high flammability
    Edibility:
    Mature fruit edible raw or cooked
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11a, 11b, 12b, 12a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    The flowers and berries are in an erect, tight cluster. Fruits can grow to up to 12" long.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Description:
    The flowers and berries are in an erect, tight cluster.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has basal, erect, stiff, sharp-pointed and spiny-margined leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Children
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. (Poison part: sap from leaves). Poisonous by dermatitis, or ingestion of large quantities of raw pineapple and/or sap from leaves. Symptoms: Mild skin irritation from contact with juice; mechanical damage from sharp-pointed leaves; irritation to the eyes from splashed juice; irritation of mouth, lips, and tongue.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Bromelin, ethyl acrylate, and calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice