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Droophead Tufted Airplant Guzmania lingulata

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Guzmania minor
Phonetic Spelling
guz-MAY-nee-uh lin-gyoo-LAY-tuh
Description

Scarlet Star is a tropical epiphytic bromeliad native to rainforest habitats in tropical Americas and the West Indies. It is popular in cultivation and has a basal rosette of green leaves with a flower consisting of red or orange bracts and many small white flowers inside it. Several cultivars are available in other colors. The showy inflorescent can last 2-4 months.

Use a potting soil made for bromeliads or orchids and water sparingly. Keep water in the center cup of the rosette and mist to increase humidity. After flowering, the main plant will decline and die but make off-shoots that can be grown into a new plant. 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. minor
    Smaller size, only grows to 1 ft tall
var. minor
Tags:
#houseplant#epiphytic#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. minor
    Smaller size, only grows to 1 ft tall
var. minor
Tags:
#houseplant#epiphytic#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Guzmania
    Species:
    lingulata
    Family:
    Bromeliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East Mexico to Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Round flower head with up to 50 white flowers nestled within the red bracts.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 18-inch leathery leaves are in a basal rosette, overlapping to form a funnel-like central 'vase'. Simple, stiff, strap-shaped, entire, and have a generally unmarked surface with parallel venation. Offsets may form between the base leaves. Color may change towards the center of the funnel.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants