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Bromeliad Guzmania

Other plants called Bromeliad:

Phonetic Spelling
guz-MAY-nee-uh
Description

Bromeliad is an indoor perennial herb that grows up to 3'3" and has long strap-like green leaves. This plant is desired for the beautiful, long-lasting, torch-like inflorescence. The inflorescence along with the untoothed, unmarked leaves help to differentiate this genus from Aechmea, Neoregalia, and Vriesia. As an epiphyte, this plant requires nearly no water at its base, but its central case must be kept full of water and replaced periodically.

In indoor settings, this plant needs high light, dry soil, medium relative humidity, and the central vase kept full of water. Plant in a mixture for bromeliads or make your own with ingredients such as peat moss, vermiculite, and bark. Allow the soil to dry completely after watering. Offsets will appear at the base after the bloom fades and can be removed and started as new plants as the mother plant will soon fade and die. Fertilize by spraying 1/2 strength orchid fertilizer on the leaves in spring or summer and only 1-2 times per year.

This plant has no pest or disease problems.

Species G. linguate features an inflorescence with bright red, orange, or pink bracts and white flowers. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are entire and generally unmarked
  • Inflorescence is torch-like at the end of the flower scape

 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.   

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Cultivars / Varieties:
G. lingulata, G. musaica
Tags:
#white#showy flowers#perennial#white flowers#herbaceous#fantz#indoor#ebh#ebh-h
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
G. lingulata, G. musaica
Tags:
#white#showy flowers#perennial#white flowers#herbaceous#fantz#indoor#ebh#ebh-h
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Guzmania
    Family:
    Bromeliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Florida to Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    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:
    Flowers are many, white or yellow, and small. They have bracts of bright red, orange, pink, or green and are crowded at scape terminus. The inflorescence is a terminal, scapose, and is simple or bipinnate. Bracts are arranged in a torch-like arrangement with flowers in many rows in the center.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 20-inch 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:
    Container
    Houseplants