Alcantarea imperialis Rubra

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This sun loving specimen bromeliad grows to a span of  2 metres & a height if 1.5 metres, although it takes many years to get to this size. The thick red flower spike reaches up to 2.5 metres in height, producing hundreds of slightly fragrant white flowers. The leaves are quite leathery & tough & the plant can withstand relatively cool nights as it is native to mountains near Rio de Janeiro at an elevation of 1,500 metres. In bright light, the leaves of 'Rubra' take on a deep red cast. This bromeliad will take full sun. The inflorescence can be seen at www.fcbs.org/pictures.htm

Water - Free draining potting mix - keep moist but not wet.

Light - Full sun or part shade

Fertilizer - Controlled release & foliar. Requires little fertiliser when established.

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